Today is Friday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2006. There are 121 days left in the year. On this date in 1939, World War II begins as Nazi Germany invades Poland.
In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr is found innocent of treason. In 1905, Alberta and Sas-katchewan enter Confederation as the eighth and ninth provinces of Canada. In 1923, the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama are devastated by an earthquake that claims some 150,000 lives. In 1932, New York City Mayor James J. "Gentleman Jimmy" Walker resigns following charges of graft and corruption in his administration. In 1951, the United States, Australia and New Zealand sign a mutual defense pact, the ANZUS treaty. In 1961, the Soviet Union ends a moratorium on atomic testing with an aboveground nuclear explosion in central Asia. In 1972, American Bobby Fischer wins the international chess crown in Reykjavik, Iceland, defeating Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union. In 1976, U.S. Rep. Wayne L. Hays, D-Ohio, resigns in the wake of a scandal in which he admits having an affair with secretary Elizabeth Ray. In 1981, Albert Speer, a close associate of Adolf Hitler who ran the Nazi war machine, dies at a London hospital at age 76.
September 1, 1981: Fans of country music who were disappointed when Willie Nelson's scheduled grandstand shows at the Canfield Fair were canceled due to the singer's illness are pleased to learn that Waylon Jennings will fill in.
Parents of high school students from the South Side of Niles protest unsafe conditions for pedestrians on the Main Street Viaduct. School officials pledge to bus the students, at least temporarily.
General Motors says it will not fire 10 employees who pleaded guilty to running a gambling operation at the Lordstown plant. Job security was agreed to in negotiations between the company and the UAW. The men were fined $750 each by Judge Donald Ford.
September 1, 1966: The Warren-Trumbull County Community Improvement Corp. is authorized to sell 66 acres of the former County Home site in Champion Township for industrial development, presumably to a company contemplating the location of a $25 million industry there.
The former experimental farm in Bazetta Township appears to be favored by the Trumbull County commissioners as the best site for relocation of the county fairgrounds from the 32-acre parcel behind Warren G. Harding High School.
U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan moves the proposed Lake Erie to Ohio River canal one step closer to reality with the House Appropriations subcommittee earmarking money for canal planning by the Army Corps of Engineers.
September 1, 1956: A new wave of labor unrest hits the Youngstown district with more than 5,000 workers idled by strikes against General Fireproofing Co. and three other plants.
New automobile insurance policies covering family cars are being put into effect by major insurance firms operating in the Youngstown district, giving broader terms of coverage and greater benefits, says Charles C. Rudibaugh Jr., president of the Youngstown Association of Insurance Agents.
An unruly mob of 1,000 roams the streets of Clinton, Tenn., rocking cars and accosting motorists as they protest a judge's order that the high school student body be integrated.
September 1, 1931: There are 2,859 families with more than 8,368 children who are in need as a result of the current business depression and are being aided by the Community Corporation in Youngstown.
The Federation of Improvement Clubs lodges a protest against any reduction in the number of street lights in Youngstown and demands an open meeting of city council to discuss a new city street lighting contract.
A fence was erected overnight in front of the Clarksburg, W. Va., farm where two women and three children were murdered, and the curious were being charged 25 cents for adults and 15 cents for children to get a view of the farm.