Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2013. There are 119 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1189: England’s King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) is crowned in Westminster Abbey.

1658: Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, dies in London; he is succeeded by his son, Richard.

1783: Representatives of the United States and Britain sign the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War.

1861: During the Civil War, Confederate forces invade the border state of Kentucky, which had declared its neutrality in the conflict.

1868: The Japanese city of Edo is renamed Tokyo.

1923: The United States and Mexico resume diplomatic relations.

1939: Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declare war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland.

1943: Allied forces invade Italy during World War II, the same day Italian officials sign a secret armistice with the Allies.

1951: The television soap opera “Search for Tomorrow” debuts on CBS.

1967: Nguyen Van Thieu is elected president of South Vietnam under a new constitution.

Motorists in Sweden begin driving on the right-hand side of the road instead of the left.

1972: American swimmer Mark Spitz wins the sixth of his seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics as he placed first in the 100-meter freestyle.

1976: America’s Viking 2 lander touches down on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the planet’s surface.


1988: The Labor Day holiday brings the Youngstown district its highest gasoline prices of the year, 96.9 cents per gallon, which is 2 cents below the national average.

Trumbull County commissioners say they will have to borrow the money to fix the leaking roof on the 22-year-old county administration building. Ceilings from the fifth floor to the second floor are bowed and water stained and employees in the upper floors have to cover computers with plastic sheets to protect them when it rains.

Central Christian Church of Warren, which was founded Sept. 3, 1803, as an outgrowth of Concord Baptist Church, the first church in Warren, celebrates its 165th anniversary with a series of events.

1973: Youngstown’s longest prolonged heat wave in 20 years continues through the Labor Day weekend and 90-degree temperatures are cutting into attendance at the Canfield Fair.

The Youngstown District’s 245,000 workers have something to celebrate on Labor day, with their earnings rising and unemployment falling to World War II levels, estimated at 3 percent.

William E. Gathright, a former South High athlete and college football star at Boston College, is named director of intramural sports at Southeastern Massachusetts University.

1963: An estimated $20,000 worth of rare coins are taken from V&H Coins at 6207 Market St. in a burglary described by Boardman police as professional and well-planned.

Dr. Harry J. Wanamaker, Youngstown schools superintendent, speaks to city school district teachers at Rayen School calling on them to keep standards high and asking them to aid in passage of a levy.

An improvised plastic oxygen tent and around-the-clock veterinarian care fail to save the life of “Honey,” a three-month-old elephant that was part of the Gene Holter Wild Animal Show at the Canfield Fair. The baby elephant died of pneumonia and was buried in a remote corner of the fairgrounds.

1938: Two directors of the Canfield Fair go home to find their houses had been looted. A gun and $6 was taken from the home of Edward Zieger, and a gun and radio were taken from the home of Grover Fosnacht.

Bridge players from four states arrive in Youngstown for the eastern Ohio championships, the most ambitious bridge tournament to be held by the Youngstown Bridge Club.

Youngstown’s building inspection department is faced with the problem of condemning and destroying 500 Youngstown dwellings in the next year to carry out the city’s part in the bargain for the slum elimination plan.

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