Today is Wednesday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2006. There are 116 days left in the year. On this date in 1901, President William McKinley is shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. McKinley dies eight days later; he is succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.
In 1837, the Oberlin Collegiate Institute of Ohio goes co-educational. In 1909, American explorer Robert Peary sends word that he has reached the North Pole five months earlier. In 1916, the first self-serve grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, is opened in Memphis, Tenn., by Clarence Saunders. (The store is set up to allow customers to hand-pick their groceries, rather than request them from a clerk standing behind a counter.) In 1939, South Africa declares war on Germany. In 1941, Jews over the age of 6 in German-occupied areas are ordered to wear yellow Stars of David. In 1948, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands is coronated. In 1952, Canadian television broadcasting begins in Montreal. In 1966, South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd is stabbed to death by a deranged page during a parliamentary session in Cape Town. In 1970, Palestinian guerrillas seize control of three jetliners which are later blown up on the ground in Jordan after the passengers and crews are evacuated. In 1997, Britain bades farewell to Princess Diana with a funeral service at Westminster Abbey. Weeping masses gather in Calcutta, India, to pay homage to Mother Teresa, who had died the day before at age 87.
September 6, 1981: The cost of education at the five private, western Pennsylvania liberal arts colleges is going up again, but enrollments are steady or increasing as efforts are made to keep the costs locally below the national average of $6,885 a year.
The choir of the First Covenant Church of Bessemer celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding.
Youngstown State University Penguins upset the Cincinnati Bearcats, 19-13, in the season opener at Cincinnati.. Coach Bill Narduzzi says it's the biggest victory in his seven years at YSU, and possibly the biggest in the history of the football team.
September 6, 1966: Bold thieves use a stolen truck to carry away 400 to 500 men's suits valued at over $20,000 from Robert Hall Clothes, 5326 Market St. in Boardman.
Some 1,800 members of Masonic lodges in several states attend the 10th annual outdoor Labor Day meeting at Atty. Lynn Riddle's farm two miles south of Lisbon.
Ohio's traffic toll climbs to 39 over the long Labor Day weekend, well above the estimate of 33 and the second highest in the nation.
September 6, 1956: Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge John W. Ford issues an order temporarily barring the Youngstown Municipal Railway Co. from increasing fares to Campbell and Struthers without negotiating an increase.
Despite a downpour, some 6,000 people line the streets of Girard for a colorful Labor Day parade. A contingent of politicians is led by Gov. Frank J. Lausche and Michael DiSalle, Democratic candidate for governor.
Niles City Council approves the annexation of 1,200 acres south of U.S. Rt. 422, between state Rt. 46 and North Road. A shopping center has been proposed at 422 and 46.
September 6, 1931: Appeals are made from the pulpits of about 125 Youngstown churches to an estimated 20,000 parishioners to join in the effort to feed Youngstown's destitute by donating fruits and vegetables from backyard gardens.
The state convention of the German American Citizen League of Ohio opens at the Maennerchor Club auditorium at 831 Mahoning Ave. with about 200 delegates in attendance.
A total of 462 candidates file petitions for election in Mahoning County, including 11 who are seeking the job of mayor of Youngstown.
Charles Bonsall, 92, one of Salem's oldest living residents and believed to be the oldest justice of the peace in Ohio, recalls the city's early days and the struggles of its early Quaker settlers. A veteran of the Civil War, he can also tell tales of the Battle of Bull Run.