Today in history

Today is Sunday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2013. There are 121 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1715: Following a reign of 72 years, King Louis XIV of France dies four days before his 77th birthday.

1807: Former Vice President Aaron Burr is found not guilty of treason. (Burr is then tried on a misdemeanor charge, but is again acquitted.)

1932: New York City Mayor James J. “Gentleman Jimmy” Walker resigns after charges of graft and corruption in his administration.

1939: World War II begins as Nazi Germany invades Poland.

1942: U.S. District Court Judge Martin I. Welsh, ruling from Sacramento, Calif., on a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Fred Korematsu, upholds the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals.

1961: The Soviet Union ends a moratorium on atomic testing with an above-ground nuclear explosion in central Asia.

1972: American Bobby Fischer wins the international chess crown in Reykjavik, Iceland.


1988: A sellout crowd of more than 6,000 sees the Dave Martin Rodeo at the grandstand while 45,000 stroll the midway on Wednesday night’s “sneak peak” at the Canfield Fair.

A graduate of Youngs-town State University, Fouad Rafeedie is fighting charges by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service that he is a member of a Palestinian terrorist organization and is subject to deportation to the West Bank.

Gerald Zuppo, 41, and his son, Gerald Jr., 18, who jumped bail in Mahoning County where they were charged with kidnapping Marcell Byers on Youngstown’s North Side, are arrested in New Smyrna Beach, Fla..

1973: Gov. John J. Gilligan visits on the second day of the Canfield Fair, which is International Day, and seems to particularly enjoy his visit to the Irish booth.

An agreement in principle is reached in a discrimination suit against the Youngstown Police Department and Civil Service Commission filed by Joseph Velazquez and Pablo Lopez, who charged discrimination against Spanish speaking Americans and sought redress for other minorities in police hiring.

Ray Slavin breaks ground for a new $1 million Bell Wick Ford dealership on a 15-acre site on Youngstown-Hubbard Road near Hubbard.

1963: A bandit wielding a sawed-off shotgun robs the Pasco Dairy, 421 Trumbull Road, Girard, escaping with $60 to $80.

Cool weather has been a boon to attendance at the 117th Canfield Fair, which had a record attendance of 52,000 on Saturday and 10,000 more in the first three days of the fair, compared to recent years.

The Butler Institute of American Art purchases its second painting by Charles Burchfield, national prominent artist who got his start in Salem. The painting, “Late Winter Radiance” was one of 300 paintings in the Midyear Show at Butler.

1938: A move to restore $5,000 to the city park department’s operating costs is blocked when three of the seven councilmen fail to attend a special meeting.

Stewart’s opens under new management and in remodeled facilities at 17 E. Federal Street. The store carries women’s and children’s clothing and shoes for men, women and children.

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