Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Aug. 17

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Aug. 17

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1848: Anesthesia in the form of chloroform was used for the first time in Pittsburgh by Dr. William H. Wright in a tooth extraction.

1915: A mob in Cobb County, Ga., lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, 31, whose death sentence for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan had been commuted to life imprisonment. Frank, who had maintained his innocence, was pardoned by the state of Georgia in 1986.

1951:Steve Nelson, already on trial on sedition charges, was arrested by the FBI with five other Communist leaders in the region in the latest of a nationwide series of raids.

1969: Hurricane Camille slammed into the Mississippi coast as a Category 5 storm that was blamed for 256 deaths in the United States and three in Cuba.

1987: Rudolf Hess, the last member of Adolf Hitler's inner circle, died at Spandau Prison at age 93, an apparent suicide. …

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