Today is Sunday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2006. There are 119 days left in the year. On this date in 1783, the Treaty of Paris between the United States and Great Britain officially ends the Revolutionary War.
In 1189, England's King Richard I (the Lionhearted) is crowned in Westminster. In 1658, Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the English Commonwealth, dies. In 1939, Britain and France declare war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland. In 1943, the British Eighth Army invades Italy during World War II, the same day Italy signs a secret armistice with the allies. In 1967, Nguyen Van Thieu is elected president of South Vietnam under a new constitution. In 1976, the unmanned U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 lands on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the planet's surface. In 1978, Pope John Paul I is installed as the 264th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1989, a Cubana de Aviacion jetliner crashes after takeoff in Havana, killing all 126 aboard and 26 people on the ground. In 2004, the three-day hostage siege at a school in Beslan, Russia, ends in bloody chaos after Chechen militants set off bombs as Russian commandos storm the building; nearly 340 people are killed.
September 3, 1981: Members of Youngstown's safety forces say they have received assurances from present council members and all candidates for open council seats that the budgets of the police and fire departments would not be cut any further.
A $30,000 computerized system designed to eliminate possible abuse and assure accountability is being put into operation at the city's Federal Plaza parking garage.
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September 3, 1966: The Packard Electric Division of General Motors will build a huge attrition at its North River Road plant at Warren, its eight major expansion of that site, says General Manager George W. Chestnut.
The Kenley Players presents "South Pacific" starring Florence Henderson. Tickets $1.50 and $2.95.
David Nuth, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Nuth, 20 Indiana Ave., Youngstown, receives rib injuries and bruises when he was thrown by his pony at the Canfield Fair.
Youngstown teachers are asking for a $400 increase in the starting salary of $5,000 a year and fully paid hospitalization and surgical insurance.
September 3, 1956: Protestant church leaders are crediting new aims and new teaching methods for attracting higher enrollment in Youngstown district Sunday Schools. Children are drawing pictures of Bible incidents, listening to recordings and seeing movies at Sunday School.
With one day to go, the 110th Canfield Fair has a chance to pass the attendance record of 147,000 set in 1955.
The importance of stainless steel to the construction, auto, airline, chemical and restaurant businesses is developing stainless into an important product for Youngstown district steel mills.
September 3, 1931: Youngstown women's organizations ask 125 Mahoning County churches to "put their shoulders to the wheel" in the campaign to feed destitute families with surplus food from county gardens and farms.
Five candidates for Youngstown mayor -- James E. Jones, Judge Mark Moore, Charles F. Scheible, Grover A. Hughes and J.B. Compton -- file nomination petitions with the board of elections.
The U.S. Army Band opens the concert season with a brilliant performance in Stambaugh Auditorium.
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