Today is Wednesday, Sept. 4, the 247th day of 2013. There are 118 days left in the year. Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins at sunset.
On this date in:
1781: Los Angeles is founded by Spanish settlers under the leadership of Gov. Felipe de Neve.
1886: A group of Apache Indians led by Geronimo (also known as Goyathlay, “One Who Yawns”) surrenders to Gen. Nelson Miles at Skeleton Canyon in Arizona.
1893: English author Beatrix Potter first tells the story of Peter Rabbit in the form of a “picture letter” to Noel Moore, the son of Potter’s former governess.
1917: The American Expeditionary Forces in France suffer their first fatalities during World War I when a German plane attacks a British-run base hospital.
1948: Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicates after nearly six decades of rule for health reasons.
1951: President Harry S. Truman addresses the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco in the first live, coast-to-coast television broadcast.
1957: Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus uses Arkansas National Guardsmen to prevent nine black students from entering all- white Central High School in Little Rock.
Ford Motor Co. begins selling its ill-fated Edsel.
1962: The Beatles, with new drummer Ringo Starr, record “Love Me Do” at EMI Studios in London. (The more familiar version with substitute drummer Andy White and Starr on tambourine was recorded a week later.)
1963: Swissair Caravelle III carrying 80 people crashes shortly after takeoff from Zurich, killing all on board.
1917: An Alaska Airlines jet crashes near Juneau, killing all 111 people on board.
1972: U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz wins a seventh gold medal at the Munich Olympics, in the 400- meter medley relay.
“The New Price Is Right,” hosted by Bob Barker, premieres on CBS. (The game show later drops the “New” from its title and expands from a half-hour to an hour.)
1998: Internet services company Google files for incorporation in California.
1988: In an unprecedented case locally, Trumbull County prosecutors agree to have a 6-year-old victim of child abuse testify against her father by closed-circuit TV rather than in court, leading to guilty pleas to four counts of rape by the father.
Seven months after cutting window service one day a week at branch post offices in the Youngstown district, the U.S. Postal Service reinstates full six-day service.
Jim Tressel’s Youngstown State University Penguins drop their season opener to Dick Crum’s Kent State Flashes, 34-3.
1973: Tragedy strikes twice over the Labor Day weekend at the Shenango Reservoir, where Gary Massaro, 22, of Edinburg, Pa., and Keith Miller, 11, of Farrell drown.
An explosion destroys the Colonial Inn and levels an adjoining service station at Bloomfield Center. The blast hurled debris for almost a half mile and broke windows as far as 300 yards away. Damage is estimated at $100,000.
The Canfield Fair ends a five-day run with 409,880 sweltering visitors. Labor Day attendance was 72,511, down 29,333 from the preceding year, due in part to 90-degree temperatures.
1963: Dominic Moio, 61, a former Youngstown bartender who was a suspect in two gangland bombings that killed three people, is found dead in his 1961 Oldsmobile in a strip mine seven miles south of Canton. He was apparently beaten before being put in the truck and his car set afire.
The speed limit on the Ohio Turnpike will increase Sept. 30 from 65 mph to 70 mph.
1938: Officials are expecting a Labor Day crowd of 40,000 at the Canfield Fair.
A working scale model of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.’s new seamless pipe mill at Campbell, built on a scale of one inch to one foot, wins first prize as the most informative exhibit at the St. Louis show of the National Association of Purchasing Agents. It will next be shown at the Association of Iron & Steel Engineers exposition in Cleveland.
Charles Axtmann Jr., a Youngstown College junior, will be the drum major when the college’s new football band of 50 members plays at the opening game of Youngstown’s new football team.