Today is Friday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2006. There are 114 days left in the year. On this date in 1900, Galveston, Texas, is struck by a hurricane that kills an estimated 8,000 or more people.
In 1664, the Dutch surrender New Amsterdam to the British, who rename it New York. In 1930, the comic strip "Blondie," created by Chic Young, is first published. In 1934, 134 people lose their lives in a fire aboard the liner Morro Castle off the New Jersey coast. In 1941, the 900-day Siege of Leningrad by German forces begins during World War II. In 1951, a peace treaty with Japan is signed by 48 other nations in San Francisco.
September 8, 1981: Arnold D. Stambaugh, 78, Youngstown philanthropist and retired businessman for whom Youngstown State University's stadium is named, dies of a pulmonary embolism at his Overhill Road home. He had been in the lumber business for 45 years before retiring in 1969.
The 135th Canfield Fair closes its gates with 448,829 people having entered the grounds during its five-day run, which was not a record, but fair directors are pleased, given less than ideal weather.
The San Diego Chargers clobber the Cleveland Browns, 44-14, in a nationally televised Monday night game from Cleveland Stadium.
September 8, 1966: Youngstown City Council, sitting as a special committee, postpones action on realigning the city's wards pending completion of various highway and urban renewal projects.
Parents of a group of Brownlee Woods parochial school children reveal they may refuse to send their children to school in an attempt to have the city's bus pickup distance guidelines revised.
Money spent for education brings an increase in retail sales, insurance home ownership and in music development and arts, says Sidney S. Moyer, chairman of the Citizens Committee for Progress in Education. The committee is backing creation of a new community college in Mahoning County.
September 8, 1956: Mary Ann Morrison, 12, miraculously escapes death when a 100-car freight train crushes the car in which she was trapped against a switching engine at a downtown Youngstown railroad crossing. The car was first hit by a switching engine and the girl's mother and a cousin were rescued moments before the second train hit.
A 45-year-old man and three boys were kicked and beaten by a rowdy gang of about 20 youths who roamed Market Street after a football game at South High Field.
Two Youngstown moonshiners are arrested after Columbiana County deputies responded to complaints from neighbors about drunken pigs roaming in the area of a Columbiana farm where the men had set up a still. The pigs were getting into the moonshiners mash.
September 8, 1931: Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. omits its common dividend for the third quarter, the first time in 25 years that the company has not paid a quarterly dividend.
The 82nd Columbiana County Fair will open Sept. 18 in Lisbon and will run through Sept. 18.