Today is Thursday, Sept. 2, the 246th day of 2004. There are 120 days left in the year. On this date



Today is Thursday, Sept. 2, the 246th day of 2004. There are 120 days left in the year. On this date in 1945, Japan formally surrenders in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II.
In 1666, the Great Fire of London breaks out, claiming thousands of homes, but only a few lives. In 1789, the United States Treasury Department is established. In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman's forces occupy Atlanta. In 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offers the advice, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair. In 1924, the Rudolf Friml operetta "Rose Marie" opens on Broadway. In 1944, during World War II, Navy pilot George Herbert Walker Bush is shot down by Japanese forces as he completes a bombing run over the Bonin Islands. (Bush is rescued by the crew of the U.S. submarine Finback; his two crew members, however, die.) In 1945, Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam an independent republic. In 1963, Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace prevents the integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers. In 1969, North Vietnamese president Ho Chi Minh dies. In 1994, the government reports the nation's unemployment rate for August was unchanged from July, at 6.1 percent. In 1998, a Swissair MD-11 jetliner crashes off Nova Scotia, killing all 229 people aboard.
September 2, 1979: Comedian Bob Hope returns to perform at the Canfield Fair for the second year in a row. Hope recalls that his first road show, back in 1924, was in East Palestine.
Ashtabula County opens its new $4.7 million, 70-cell jail and justice center to public inspection.
Total enrollment of schools in Mahoning County is estimated at 60,500, a decrease of about 1,800.
A year-long program is in the works to mark the 50th anniversary of Donald W. "Squire" Hurrelbrink's directorship of the Warren Junior Military Band.
September 2, 1964: Mayor Anthony Flask names Ronald Pitman, former director of housing for the Pittsburgh Urban League, as director of Youngstown's Fair Employment and Practices Commission.
Stan Musial, whose baseball feats and stamina helped make him the nation's physical fitness director, collapses of complete exhaustion at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Musial, 43, is a St. Louis Cardinal vice president after 22 years with the team.
September 2, 1954: Two East Side Youngstown men leave Youngstown Municipal Court vowing that they will not kill their goats to comply with a court order to get rid of their herd. Peter Cicilliano and Vincent Morano say they haven't been able to sell their goats, which they value at $15 each, and won't kill them to comply with a new ordinance that prohibits keeping goats in the city within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling.
The 108th annual Canfield Fair gets underway with an anticipated crowd of 100,000 over five days.
A 58-year-old Masury man who robbed the Hubbard Branch of the Dollar Savings & amp; Trust Co. of $790 is arrested at his home after police trace the license plates of the getaway car to him.
September 2, 1929: The Mahoning Valley Sanitary District has a cash balance of $1.7 million in banks in Youngstown and Niles, district books reveal. Since the district was established, $5 million has been received and $3.3 million expended.
A blaze of fireworks and a blaze of bands bring Ohio's 79th annual state fair to a close, with more than 500,000 having attended the greatest fair in the state's history.
Many Youngstowners see their first parachute jump as jumpers parachute from the Irving Air Chute Co.'s demonstration airplane, "Happy Landings," during two days of demonstrations at the Lansdowne Airport.

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