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Today is Friday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2005. There are 99 days left in the year. On this date


Published: Fri, September 23, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


Today is Friday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2005. There are 99 days left in the year. On this date in 1779, during the Revolutionary War, the American warship Bon Homme Richard defeats the HMS Serapis after the American commander, John Paul Jones, is said to have declared: "I have not yet begun to fight!"
In 1642, Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass., holds its first commencement. In 1780, British spy John Andre is captured along with papers revealing Benedict Arnold's plot to surrender West Point to the British. In 1806, the Lewis and Clark expedition returns to St. Louis from the Pacific Northwest. In 1846, the planet Neptune is discovered by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle. In 1938, a time capsule, to be opened in the year 6939, is buried on the grounds of the World's Fair in New York City. In 1939, Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, dies in London. In 1952, Republican vice-presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon goes on television to deliver what comes to be known as the "Checkers" speech as he refutes allegations of improper campaign financing. In 1957, nine black students who had entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas are forced to withdraw because of a white mob outside. In 1962, New York's Philharmonic Hall (since renamed Avery Fisher Hall) formally opens as the first unit of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In 1973, former Argentine president Juan Peron is returned to power. In 1995, in a wide-ranging interview aboard Air Force One, President Clinton admits he had tended in the past to get hung up on details, and pledged to do a better job in providing reassuring leadership to Americans confused by tumultuous times. In 2000, at the Sydney Olympics, Marion Jones wins the women's 100-meter final in 10.75 seconds; commentator Carl T. Rowan dies in Washington at 75. In 2004, President Bush denies painting too rosy a picture about Iraq, and says he would consider sending more troops if asked.
September 23, 1980: The owners of Kingscliff Super Refractories International of Sheffield, England, agree to a proposed lease with the city of Youngstown for a warehouse in the Albert Street Industrial Park. The new plant would employ 20 people making well block used to line the bottom of steel ladles.
Raymond J. Wean Sr., 85, founder of the former Wean Engineering Co. and one of the giants of Mahoning Valley industry, dies in Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers designates hundred of acres of land along the Shenango River as wetlands and prohibits any future development of the vacant property.
September 23, 1965: The fall semester enrollment at Youngstown University tops that of 1964 by 1,028 students, with a total of 11,018, topping 10,000 for the first time in the university's history.
Mahoning County Deputy Sheriff John T. Dellick says he is resigning from the department over enforced $6 monthly political campaign contributions required by Sheriff Ray Davis.
Former Vice President Richard M. Nixon, speaking at Mt. Union College at a dinner honoring U.S. Rep. Frank T. Bow, says that the war in Viet Nam "will go down in history as the war that had to be fought to avoid World War III."
September 23, 1955: Violence flares in a two-day-old Pennsylvania Power Co. strike after all communication lines to the power plant at West Pittsburgh near New Castle are cut and pickets armed with clubs refuse to permit maintenance men to enter to repair them.
State Highway Department officials are asked to approve an $80,000 engineering study of a Lake Erie-to- Ohio River throughway at a meeting at the Ravenna highway division office.
The Rev. John Lettau is named chancellor of the Youngstown Catholic Diocese, succeeding the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Alfred J. Heinrich.
September 23, 1930: Directors of the Republic Steel Corp., meeting in Cleveland, omit dividends for the common stock, citing the recession in the steel business, reorganization expenses during recent consolidations and low profits.
Sally Lou Ritzi, 17, back home in Youngstown from a stint at the "Artists and Models Revue" in New York, denies reports in New York newspapers that she and her parents dined with Judge J.F. Crater the night before his mysterious disappearance Aug. 27.
More than 5,000 employees of the Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. will be served food daily when new restaurant equipment is installed at a cost of $10,000. Waiters with push carts will go through the mill to deliver food to employees who cannot leave their stations. Company officials say the food service, similar to that in its western plants, is being established at the request of employees.


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