Today is Thursday, Sept. 7, the 250th day of 2006. There are 115 days left in the year. On this date in 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution, bids farewell to President John Quincy Adams at the White House.
In 1822, Brazil declares its independence from Portugal. In 1901, the Peace of Beijing ends the Boxer Rebellion in China. In 1927, American television pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth, 21, succeeds in transmitting the image of a line through purely electronic means with a device called an "image dissector." In 1936, rock legend Buddy Holly is born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas. In 1940, Nazi Germany begins its initial blitz on London during World War II.
September 7, 1981: The Youngstown office of the federal Recruiting and Training Program, an agency that helped open the doors to the skilled trades to minorities and women in the area, will be closed, a casualty of the Reagan administration budget cuts.
Attendance on the Saturday before Labor Day at the Canfield Fair is 112,320, bringing the total for the first three days of the five-day fair to 219,276.
Thomas Watkins, 70, the first certified black contractor in the Youngstown area and founder of the Watkins Construction Co., dies in North Side Hospital.
September 7, 1966: Some 700 students are sent home from the new $1.5 million Canfield High School on the first day of classes because of dirt and rubble remaining in some of the classrooms.
An estimated 250 Warren municipal workers, facing a threat of job losses, go on strike after 11th hour negotiations between union leaders and city officials deadlock on wage issues.
September 7, 1956: The Youngstown Chamber of Commerce is supporting the $8.8 million bond for Youngstown's arterial expressway issue and the $5.4 million bond for public schools.
A new contract between Niles and Girard will bring an immediate 50 percent increase in the cost of water to Girard.
A Japanese astronomer reports seeing several "canals" on the northern hemisphere of the planet of Mars. The existence of such canals has been the subject of great debate among astronomers.
September 7, 1931: Disbarment proceedings begin against Mahoning County Judge J.H.C. Lyon, who admits on the first day of the hearing that he has $500 in outstanding bills from the Penn.-Ohio Power and Light Co. and about $6,000 in loans from Atty. A.M. Henderson, but denies he had any wrong motives in allowing the bills to stand.
Dr. C.O. Brown of Youngstown, driving a three-year-old trotter in harness races at the Canfield Fair, is thrown from his sulky in front of a large crowd, but escapes serious injury. He returns to ride in a later heat.