Today is Tuesday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2006. There are 117 days left in the year. On this date in 1774, the first Continental Congress assembles in Philadelphia.
In 1793, the Reign of Terror begins during the French Revolution as the National Convention institutes harsh measures to repress counterrevolutionary activities. In 1905, the Treaty of Portsmouth, ending the Russo-Japanese War, is signed in New Hampshire. In 1914, the First Battle of the Marne begins during World War I. In 1939, the United States proclaims its neutrality in World War II. In 1945, Japanese-American Iva Toguri D'Aquino, suspected of being wartime broadcaster "Tokyo Rose," is arrested in Yokohama. (D'Aquino is later convicted of treason and serves six years in prison; she is pardoned in 1977 by President Ford.) In 1972, Arab guerrillas attack the Israeli delegation at the Munich Olympic games; 11 Israelis, five guerrillas and a police officer are killed in the siege. In 1975, President Ford escapes an attempt on his life by Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson, in Sacramento, Calif.
September 5, 1981: Youngstown City Council will meet Saturday evenings instead of Wednesday nights to accommodate the work schedule of Councilman Leonard Yurcho, who is under a 90-day probationary period at the GM plant in Lordstown.
St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center increases its daily room rates by $10, bringing the charge for a semi-private room to $135.
September 5, 1966: A week of confusion is predicted as public school bus supervisors adjust to new requirements that transportation be provided to parochial school students.
Gov. James A. Rhodes joins thousands of people at the 120th annual Canfield Fair, getting a lightning tour of the fair and Pioneer Village before heading to the Stark County Fair.
Dr. Anthony L. Julius Jr., 42, a Campbell native and physicist with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Cleveland, is named an associate professor of physics at Youngstown University.
September 5, 1956: A procession of the entire congregation opens the dedication of the new $150,000 synagogue of Temple Emanu-El at Fifth and Fairgreen Avenues.
Overcrowding at Jackson School in Youngstown causes school officials to send all of its sixth graders by bus to Adams School.
The Rev. Msgr. John L. Bardon, pastor of St. Charles Catholic Church in Boardman receives title to Plummer's Rt. 224 Motel at 102 Boardman-Canfield Road. It will be converted into a convent for eight Ursuline nuns teaching in the parish school. The sale price was $70,000.
Youngstown University's Penguins begin two-a-day drills at Camp Fitch in preparation for their season opener Sept. 22 against Colorado Western State.
September 5, 1931: Youngstown's flying priest, Father L.T. Gerity, pastor of St. Edward Church, is one of 10 Youngstown flyers caught in a blinding wind and rain storm near Cleveland while attempting to get to the National Air Show races at the Cleveland Airport.
A crowd estimated at 13,000 brave threatening clouds and are rewarded with sunny skies at the 85th annual Canfield Fair.
Women of Rodef Sholem Temple are organizing to can fruits and vegetables that have been donated by area farmers and gardeners to feed Youngstown's needy.