Today is Tuesday, Sept. 14, the 258th day of 2004. There are 108 days left in the year. On this date

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 14, the 258th day of 2004. There are 108 days left in the year. On this date in 1814, Francis Scott Key writes his poem "The Star-Spangled Banner" after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812.
In 1847, U.S. forces under Gen. Winfield Scott take control of Mexico City. In 1901, President McKinley dies in Buffalo, N.Y., of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeds him. In 1927, modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan dies in Nice, France, when her scarf becomes entangled in a wheel of her sports car. In 1940, Congress passes the Selective Service Act, providing for the first peacetime draft in U.S. history. In 1948, a groundbreaking ceremony takes place in New York at the site of the United Nations world headquarters. In 1959, the Soviet space probe Luna 2 becomes the first manmade object to reach the moon as it crashes onto the lunar surface. In 1963, Mary Ann Fischer of Aberdeen, S.D., gives birth to four girls and a boy, the first surviving quintuplets in the United States. In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly, dies at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before. In 1982, Lebanon's president-elect, Bashir Gemayel, is killed by a bomb. In 1993, Israel and Jordan sign a framework for negotiations, a day after the signing of a PLO-Israeli peace accord.
September 14, 1979: Youngstown Mayor J. Phillip Richley's plan to streamline union representation in the city hits a snag, with the Teamsters and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees refusing to sign a wage contract for 1979-80 that includes a provision calling for the employees to vote for the union of their choice.
A flash flood warning is issued for much of Northeastern Ohio after 2.5 inches of rain falls in 14 hours.
Mary Dorff, 21, of Salem is crowned queen of the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Lisbon.
Gold rockets $12 to hit a record $345.75 an ounce in Europe, breaking the previous high by $4.
September 14, 1964: Youngstown University welcomes 2,000 full-time freshmen to the campus with a picnic, a tea and fashion show for the women and a mixer at the cafeteria for the men.
Tony Lema, British Open golf champion, wins first place in the World Series of Golf Tournament at Akron, taking home a prize of $50,000.
Over the next 10 years, the U.S. steel industry will spend $20 billion for new equipment, an amount equal to the book value of present plants and equipment, Steel Magazine reports.
September 14, 1954: G.M. Mc-Kelvey's Store advances closer to its second successive National Amateur Baseball Federation Tournament title, defeating Royal Oak (Mich.) Globe Gear, 11-5.
Assembly work begins on the huge Iwo Jima flag-raising statue on a Virginia bluff, across the Potomac River from Washington. The sculpture is based on the celebrated photograph by Joe Rosenthal showing the raising of a U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi.
An Ohio Edison Co. spokesman says that if the Hilltop area near McDonald is incorporated, making the multimillion-dollar plant subject to higher taxation, the plant might be closed.
September 14, 1929: Options for the purchase of land for a new 500-acre private airport at either Austintown or along Belmont Avenue Extension are secured by the Ohio Air Transport Co., which has been operating at Lansdowne Airport.
Some of the most influential men in the U.S. Steel industry arrive in Youngstown for celebrations marking the 75th birthday of James A. Campbell, president of Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. An earlier celebration of Campbell's birthday at the Hotel Ohio had been limited to Campbell's friends and admirers from the Mahoning Valley.
Five prisoners saw their way to freedom from the Jefferson County Jail in Steubenville. They drowned out the sound of their sawing through the bars by singing loudly.

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