Today in history

Today is Friday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2013. There are 137 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1777: American forces win the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington.

1812: Detroit falls to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.

1858: A telegraphed message from Britain’s Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan is transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.

1861: President Abraham Lincoln issues Proclamation 86, which prohibits the states of the Union from engaging in commercial trade with states in rebellion — i.e., the Confederacy.

1913: Future Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin is born in Brest in present-day Belarus.


1988: Ten double trailers filled with hay from Maine pull into the Canfield Fairgrounds, help extended to Mahoning County farmers at a time of drought, and repayment for what local farmers did in 1986 to aid hard hit farmers in the Southeast.

Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich says U.S. Sen. Howard Metzenbaum was being “cynical” and playing politics when he voted for $1 million to be spent to update the proposed Ohio River-to-Lake Erie canal project.

Atty. Beth A. Smith, an assistant prosecuting attorney under county Prosecutor Gary L. Van Brocklin, files to run for Mahoning County Court judge.

1973: The Mahoning County Joint Vocational School, which has been open for a year, will ask voters to approve a 0.8-mill operating levy.

Members of United Auto Workers Local 1714 at the General Motors Fisher Body plant at Lordstown vote to strike by Sept. 14 if some 300 demands are not resolved.

The American Civil Liberties Union obtains a federal court order blocking for the third time in two years a state parochial aid program supported by Gov. John J. Gilligan and the Legislature that would funnel $81 million in auxiliary services to parochial schools.

1963: A move to revitalize downtown by providing shoppers with free parking on Thursday nights is meeting with the approval of downtown merchants.

Eric J. Reinthaler, 39, who once testified that he joined the Young Communist League in Youngstown in 1938 when he was a high school student, is identified by Cleveland police as a reservation agent in connection with the Freedom March buses for a mass demonstration in Washington, D.C.

The Rev. William Herbert Hudnut Sr., former pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown for 38 years and long a leading voice in the city, dies in Glens Falls, N.Y., of a stroke.

1938: Youngstown Mayor Lionel Evans asks the Chamber of Commerce and the South Side Merchants Association for aid in seeking to get land owners to donate the frontage needed for street widenings along E. Federal, Canal, Basin Watt, Commerce and Market streets.

About 3,000 sales men and women from dozens of Youngstown’s business firms, cheer, clap and parade during a National Salesmen’s Crusade rally at Stambaugh Auditorium.

The Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. registers a $30 million bond issue with the Securities and Exchange Commission in anticipation of the approval of common stockholders of $117.5 million in plant improvements and a $12.5 million reduction in bank debt.