Today is Thursday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2005. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn

Today is Thursday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2005. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 6:23 p.m. EDT. On this date in 1776, Nathan Hale is hanged as a spy by the British during the Revolutionary War.
In 1792, the French Republic is proclaimed. In 1927, Gene Tunney successfully defends his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous "long-count" fight in Chicago. In 1949, the Soviet Union explodes its first atomic bomb. In 1950, Omar N. Bradley is promoted to the rank of five-star general, joining an elite group that included Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas Mac-Arthur, George C. Marshall and Henry H. "Hap" Arnold. In 1964, the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" opens on Broadway, beginning a run of 3,242 performances. In 1980, the Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupts into full-scale war. In 1985, rock and country music artists participate in FarmAid, a concert staged in Champaign, Ill., to help the nation's farmers. In 1989, songwriter Irving Berlin dies in New York City at age 101. In 1995, both sides rest their cases in the O.J. Simpson murder trial; Time Warner strikes a $7.5 billion deal to buy Turner Broadcasting System Inc.
September 22, 1980: A. Wayne Cole, a former Pennsylvania Power Co. engineer in the company's New Castle office, is named president of the Pennsylvania Power Co., succeeding Ray Semmler, president since 1967, who is retiring.
Leo D. Poulakos, 62, retired president of the Poulakos Bakery and an active community worker in the Boy Scouts and Rotary, dies at his Barber Drive home.
Authorities are investigating the theft of an estimated $12 million in General Motors Corp. stock from the vault of a Wall Street investment firm. It is believed to be the largest securities heist ever, involving 206,900 common shares, which are selling at $58 per share.
September 22, 1965: The Youngstown area has 45 semifinalists among the 14,000 students named throughout the country in the 1965-66 competition for National Merit Scholarships.
A lone gunman escapes with several hundred dollars, blank U.S. money orders and a money order writing machine in an 8 a.m. hold-up at the Scienceville Post Office, 2547 McGuffey Road.
Carl "Lucky" Venzeio is arrested by Youngstown police in his car in Route 422 near Coitsville Center with 764 football pool slips in his possession. Sgt. William Leshnock said his squad was eager to make an arrest in the football pool racket at the beginning of the season.
September 22, 1955: A 47-year-old East Side grandmother is killed when a car goes out of control onto a lawn, past four children and crashes into the woman, carport and house. Dead is Mrs. Arthur Griffis of 1727 Atkinson Ave.
Strikes that idled about 3,400 employees at U.S. Steel Corp.'s McDonald Works are called off after four shifts. The walkouts began with maintenance men who complained that foremen were doing some of their work.
The Youngstown Symphony Society approaches half of its goal of $8,000 for the Youngstown Philharmonic Orchestra drive. The society also announces a plan to ask season ticket holders who do not plan to attend a concert to turn their tickets back in for redistribution to a veteran or a student.
September 22, 1930: Orders booked by the Republic Steel Corp. during the first three weeks of September are 17 percent ahead of the same period in August. Two additional open hearth furnaces, one in Youngstown and one in Warren, have been put in operation and sheet mill operations will be increased.
Death deprives the Protestant Episcopal Church of one of its most noted leaders, Bishop William A. Leonard of the diocese of Ohio, who dies at the age of 82 in Gambier. He had presided over the church in Ohio for 42 years.

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