Today is Monday, Sept. 2, the 245th day of 2013. There are 120 days left in the year. This is Labor Day.
On this date in:
1666: The Great Fire of London breaks out.
1864: During the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s forces occupy Atlanta.
1901: Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offers the advice, “Speak softly and carry a big stick” in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.
1935: A Labor Day hurricane slams into the Florida Keys, claiming more than 400 lives.
1945: Japan formally surrenders in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.
Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam an independent republic. (Ho dies on this date in 1969.)
1963: Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace prevents the integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers.
“The CBS Evening News” with Walter Cronkite is lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes, becoming network television’s first half-hour nightly newscast.
1972: Dave Wottle of the United States wins the men’s 800-meter race at the Munich Summer Olympics.
1986: A judge in Los Angeles sentences Cathy Evelyn Smith to three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter for her role in the 1982 drug overdose death of comedian John Belushi. (Smith serves 18 months.)
1993: The United States and Russia formally end decades of competition in space by agreeing to a joint venture to build a space station.
1998: A Swissair MD-11 jetliner crashes off Nova Scotia, killing all 229 people aboard.
2003: A court in Jakarta, Indonesia, sentences Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir to four years in prison for sedition (his conviction is later overturned after he’d spent more than two years behind bars.)
A federal appeals court in San Francisco throws out more than 100 death sentences in Arizona, Montana and Idaho because the inmates had been sent to death row by judges instead of juries.
1988: Dr. John J. Coffelt, who saw Youngstown State University through most of its transition from a private college with few full-time teachers to a bustling 85-acre state university, dies in Houston at the age of 63.
The Columbiana Clippers will not take the field at Firestone Stadium for what should have been the opening game of its season because the financially strapped Columbiana school district has eliminated extracurricular activities, including football.
State Rep. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-53rd, introduces a bill designed to guarantee access to health insurance at a reasonable cost to all Ohio residents.
1973: Thomas S. White, formerly of Farrell, Pa., is named executive director of the Jameson Memorial Hospital at the age of 30.
Mahoning County’s 27 taxing districts will share a record $3 million in local government funds from the state.
The Warren League of Women Voters endorses the proposed Trumbull County Charter, calling it an “orderly and efficient structure for county government.”
1963: Nine-year-old Sanford McClellan of Bristolville is killed instantly when a rifle accidentally discharged as he and a 12-year-old cousin were examining the weapon at the McClellan home.
Pickets organized by greater Cincinnati labor groups pass out leaflets and march at the gates of two discount department stores to protest the stores being open on Sunday.
Mike Matteo Jr. of 47 Patterson Court shoots a hole-in-one using an eight iron on the 146-yard third hole at the Mill Creek course.
1938: Mahoning County opens its 92nd annual Canfield Fair, which promoters say will be “bigger and better than ever.”
Petitions bearing 562 names asking for a vote on the question of selling 3.2 beer in Beaver Township are filed with the Mahoning County Board of Elections. The township voted against the sale of 3.2 beer by a margin of 19 votes in 1935.
Fulfilling expectations of increased steel business after Labor Day, Youngstown district steel operations will rise one point to 47 percent, with all three Bessemer converters, 41 open hearths and 10 blast furnaces in production.