Years Ago

Today is Thursday, Sept. 6, the 250th day of 2012. There are 116 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1861: Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant occupy Paducah, Ky., during the Civil War.

1901: President William McKinley is shot and mortally wounded by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. (McKinley dies eight days later.)

1916: The first self-service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, is opened in Memphis, Tenn., by Clarence Saunders.

1952: Canadian television broadcasting begins in Montreal.

1970: Palestinian guerrillas seize control of three U.S.-bound jetliners. (Two are later blown up on the ground in Jordan, along with a London-bound plane hijacked on Sept. 9; the fourth plane is destroyed on the ground in Egypt. No hostages are harmed.)

1972: A memorial service is held at the site of the Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, a day after the deadly terrorist attack that had claimed the lives of 11 Israelis and five of their abductors.

1997: A public funeral is held for Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in London, six days after her death in a car crash in Paris.


1987: William H. Kirwan, the architect of a plan that nearly saved U.S. Steel Corp.’s Ohio Works and McDonald Mills, dies in Sun City, Ariz., of cancer after a three-year illness. He was 66.

Robert Armstrong, an FBI informant who has been providing the government about political corruption and gambling, says he will sue the government for breach of contract after being dropped from the Federal Witness Protection program.

1972: Almost 74,000 children return to school in Mahoning County, 25,000 of them in Youngstown public schools.

Flags in Ohio are flying at half-staff in memory of David Berger, 28, who grew up in Shaker Heights, and joined the Israeli Olympic team as a weightlifter. He was one of the athletes killed by terrorists in Munich.

1962: Mahoning County Prosecutor Thomas A. Beil refuses to explain the sudden demotion of Assistant Prosecutor Elwyn V. Jenkins and subsequent promotion of Robert M. McCracken.

Sharon Steel Corp. is abandoning its long-idle iron and steel works at Lowellville. About 400 employees have been transferred to other plants and 342 will be retired or given severance pay.

1937: One of the oldest homes in the Western Reserve, the old McCollum homestead in Mill Creek Park, is bought by E.A. Molenske, president of Trinity Motors Inc., who will modernize the house with plumbing and electricity, but will preserve its historic appearance.

Nearly 60,000 boys and girls returned to school in Mahoning County after their summer vacation, but two Poland Village schools will not open for another week because of a case of infantile paralysis. Junior Duncan, 10, is in North Side hospital.

The Youngstown district records four dead and nearly a score injured in traffic accidents midway through the holiday weekend.

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