Today is Saturday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2006. There are 113 days left in the year. On this date in 1776, the second Continental Congress makes the term United States official, replacing United Colonies.
In 1830, Charles Durant flies a balloon from New York City across the Hudson River to Perth Amboy, N.J. In 1850, California becomes the 31st state of the union. In 1893, Frances Cleveland, wife of President Cleveland, gives birth to a daughter, Esther, in the White House; it is the first time a president's child is born in the executive mansion. In 1948, the People's Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) is created. In 1956, Elvis Presley makes the first of three appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
September 9,1981: Youngstown voters approve a half-percent increase in the city income tax, bringing the city's total tax to 2 percent. Leaders of unions representing city employees call on Mayor George Vukovich to reopen negotiations on wage increases that broke off earlier in the year.
Wean United Inc. announces from its Pittsburgh headquarters that it will consolidate some manufacturing operations at its facilities in Warren and Youngstown at its Austintown plant.
Youngstown detectives are attempting to find the identity of five men who poured gasoline on Fred Henchman, 19, and ignited it. He is in satisfactory condition in Akron Children's Hospital.
September 9, 1966: U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan of Youngstown announces that the Army Corps of Engineers has recommended construction of the proposed $948 million canal linking Lake Erie with the Ohio River.
Every community resource that can be mobilized is needed to meet a serious situation involving gangs of youths on Youngstown's South Side, the planning arm of the Community Chest says.
Mahoning County commissioners convey the old county home property on Herbert Road, Canfield, to trustees of the proposed Mahoning Community College. There are plans for a $20 million campus to serve 7,500 students at the 235 acre site.
September 9, 1956: U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, joins the campaign of Stevenson-Kefauver in New York and will spend at least a week campaigning with the two candidates.
The Rev. William Diakiw is the new pastor of St. John Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sharon, succeeding his father. At 24, he is one of the youngest members of the clergy in the area.
September 9, 1931: Fingerprints taken from blood-soaked knives and a cleaver are the only clues Salem police have in the murder of George Schmidt, 43, well-known meat market operator, who was nearly decapitated by robbers.
Attorney Andrew M. Henderson, testifying in his own defense in a disbarment hearing, admits having paid off notes totaling $6,000 for Judge J.H.C. Lyon, but denies vigorously that he had any motive other than friendship for Judge Lyon, his former law partner. Henderson says he paid off $5,000 in notes for other friends.
John H. Clarke, former justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, tells friends in Youngstown that he will leave Cleveland in October and spend at least a year in southern California.