Today is Monday, Sept. 4, the 247th day of 2006. There are 118 days left in the year. This is Labor Day. On his date in 1888, George Eastman receives a patent for his roll-film camera, and registers his trademark: Kodak.
In 1893, English author Beatrix Potter first tells the story of Peter Rabbit in the form of a "picture letter" to Noel Moore, the son of Potter's former governess. In 1944, during World War II, British troops enter Antwerp, Belgium. In 1951, President Truman addresses the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco in the first live, coast-to-coast television broadcast. In 1957, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus calls out the National Guard to prevent nine black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock. In 1957, Ford Motor Co. begins selling its ill-fated Edsel. In 1967, Michigan Gov. George Romney tells a TV interview he'd undergone a "brainwashing" by U.S. officials during a 1965 visit to Vietnam -- a comment that apparently damages Romney's bid for the Republican presidential nomination. In 1971, an Alaska Airlines jet crashes near Juneau, killing 111 people. In 1995, attorney William Kunstler, who spoke out for the politically unpopular in a controversial career, dies in New York at age 76.
September 4, 1981: Nearly 45,000 people brave showers on opening day of the 135th Canfield Fair. Greg Blasiman of Salem and Karen Ortenzio of Canfield reign as 4-H King and Queen.
More than 70 Mahoning Valley manufacturers plan to expand in the next five years, which could lead to the creation of 1,800 new jobs, a study by the Mahoning Valley economic Development Corp. shows.
A Stark County couple who refused to pay a $75 fee to fly an American flag at their summer home in Portage County will not be prosecuted, U.S. Attorney James R. Williams says. The Army Corps of Engineers levied the fee because Donald and Dorothy Seabeck's flag pole was on government land at Berlin Lake. They refused to pay.
September 4, 1966: Joseph E. Marks, 81, of Youngstown, casting director for the Warner Brothers first talking movies and a major figure in the theatrical business, dies in North Side Hospital.
In a letter to Denver L. White, director of the Ohio Department of Welfare, Youngstown's Downtown Board of Trade sets forth in emphatic language its intention to see the Mahoning County Welfare Department return its offices to the downtown business district.
Attendance for the first three days at the Canfield Fair stands at 157,000, an increase of 11,000 over the same period in 1965.
September 4, 1956: In his opening speech as superintendent of Youngstown schools, Dr. J. Fred Essig urges the city's 1,100 teachers to work as a team for the good of the children, parents, teachers and general public.
The 110th annual Canfield Fair closes with a record paid attendance of 155,655, including 51,106 on Labor Day.
September 4, 1931: After a week of strenuous efforts to get the surplus fruits and vegetables from nearby gardens and farms to Youngstown's destitute families, Mahoning County responds with large quantities of food delivered to the warehouse established at Christ Mission, 330 E. Boardman St.
Taxi owner R.E. Marino submits the low bid of $18 a day for transporting 33 crippled children to and from Youngstown public schools.
Three women and a man from two families are in the South Side unit of Youngstown Hospital as a result of eating poisonous fungus mistaken for mushrooms. The "mushrooms" were picked from a vacant lot in Struthers.