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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2005. There are 102 days left in the year. On this date


Published: Tue, September 20, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


Today is Tuesday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2005. There are 102 days left in the year. On this date in 1519, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets out from Spain on a voyage to find a western passage to the Spice Islands in Indonesia.
In 1870, Italian troops take control of the Papal States, leading to the unification of Italy. In 1873, panic sweeps the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in the wake of railroad bond defaults and bank failures. In 1881, Chester A. Arthur is sworn in as the 21st president of the United States, succeeding the assassinated James A. Garfield. In 1947, former New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia dies. In 1958, civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. is seriously wounded during an appearance at a New York City department store when an apparently deranged woman stabbed him in the chest. In 1962, black student James Meredith is blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Gov. Ross R. Barnett. (Meredith was later admitted.) In 1973, in their so-called "battle of the sexes," tennis star Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, at the Houston Astrodome. In 1973, singer-songwriter Jim Croce, 30, dies in a plane crash near Natchitoches, La. In 1984, a suicide car bomber attacks the U.S. Embassy annex in north Beirut, killing a dozen people. In 1995, in a move that stuns Wall Street, AT & amp;T Corp. announces it is splitting into three companies; the U.S. House votes to drop the national speed limit.
September 20, 1980: The managing director of Airship Industries Ltd. will pay a second visit to Youngstown in about two weeks to further explore Lansdowne Airport's potential as a location for the British company's first U.S. manufacturing plant.
Bus fares may be increased by as much as 10 cents to keep the WRTA in the black and allow for pay increases for employees.
The shooting death of an unidentified burglary suspect by a Beaver Township police officer is ruled justifiable homicide by William Koloszi, Columbiana County coroner. The man, found in a garage behind a South Ave. home, was shot after he scuffled with the police sergeant and then began to run away.
September 20, 1965: The Youngstown district may be the site of a Ku Klux Klan rally as part of a stepped-up campaign to revive the hooded organization in Ohio. About 300 people attended a two-day rally near Lodi.
Fire caused by lightning destroys a barn on the Joseph Sveda farm along Route 318 near West Middlesex, Pa.
The Ravenna division office of the State Highway Department recommends that the Boardman Expressway (Interstate 680) connect with the Ohio Turnpike about two miles east of the Route 7 Youngstown Interchange.
Atty. Harold B. Doyle, former Mahoning County Common Pleas Court judge, is elected general counsel of the Legal Aid Society of Youngstown.
September 20, 1955: Markstrom Homes Inc. and the Pittsburgh Mortgage Co. of Pittsburgh ask for zone changes for a $7 million apartment project on Jacobs and McGuffey roads. There will be 849 low-rent apartments in 71 two-story buildings. A shopping center will be erected nearby.
Richard N. Graham, chairman of the board of the Youngstown Railway Co., announces his retirement, the announcement coming exactly 39 years after he came to Youngstown as assistant manager of railways in charge of transportation from the Mahoning and Shenango Power and Light Co.
Clingan Jackson of Youngstown, chairman of the Ohio Highway Construction Council, asks the state highway department to explain a $5 million addition to the cost of the Mansfield highway by-pass project.
September 20, 1930: Assistant Secretary of State John G. Belknap takes control of the Mahoning County Board of Elections, suspending the entire board and its staff after five men are indicted on charges of forgery and presentation of false pay vouchers for poll workers.
Bert J. Ullman, 44, circulation manager of The Vindicator who was known for his work with boys, dies in St. Elizabeth Hospital, a week after being admitted for an operation.
A survey shows that Youngstown is Ohio's only city to show an increase in industrial employment in August over July. The city had an increase of 4 percent, while Cleveland had a decrease of 4 per cent and Akron and Toledo lost 3 percent.


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