Today is Thursday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2013. There are 117 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1774: The first Continental Congress assembles in Philadelphia.
1793: The Reign of Terror begins during the French Revolution as the National Convention institutes harsh measures to repress counter-revolutionary activities.
1836: Sam Houston is elected president of the Republic of Texas.
1913: Fire devastates Hot Springs, Ark., destroying some 60 blocks.
1914: The First Battle of the Marne, resulting in a French-British victory over Germany, begins during World War I.
1939: Four days after war had broken out in Europe, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issues a proclamation declaring U.S. neutrality in the conflict.
1945: Japanese-American Iva Toguri D’Aquino, suspected of being wartime broadcaster “Tokyo Rose,” is arrested in Yokohama. (D’Aquino is later convicted of treason and serves six years in prison; she is pardoned in 1977 by President Gerald R. Ford.)
1988: On this Labor Day, Nadine Robinson, 34, is one of very few of her trade still working in Youngstown; she is an elevator operator at the Mahoning Bank Building.
Kimberly Andrews, 27, is in guarded condition in Northside Medical Center after her car went down a 60-foot embankment in Mill Creek Park and she climbed out of the ravine, holding her 11-month-old daughter in one arm. The daughter, Ashley, is in satisfactory condition.
About 100 fairgoers, exhibitors and workers start their Sunday with Catholic Mass in the grandstands at the Canfield Fairgrounds, while 300 attend an ecumenical service an hour later.
1973: Austintown police arrest nine adults and five juveniles on a variety of drug-related charges as a result of an investigation by police and an undercover man employed by the department since April.
Some 100 Campbell school teachers go on strike after talks break down between the Campbell Education Association and Supt. Robert A. Hedrick.
Frank Sallustio, 57, of Fenton Street, Niles, dies at Trumbull Memorial Hospital after suffering an allergic reaction to a bee sting in his back yard.
1963: Juvenile Court Judge Harold S. Rickert warns potential troublemakers at area football games that they will spend their weekends in jail for the duration of the season if found guilty of rowdyism.
The U.S. Army will drastically curtail operations at the Lordstown Military Reservation, retaining only 47 of 220 civilian employees there.
An audit released by a state examiner criticizes Mahoning County commissioners and staff for making personal use of county-owned cars.
1938: More than half of Mahoning County’s area is dry and local option elections are in the making in several areas that are wet, including Austintown and Boardman townships.
Some 2,500 Italian-American residents from all parts of the Mahoning Valley attend the first annual “Italian Day” celebration held at Avon Park in Girard under the sponsorship of the Mt. Carmel Band, with Anthony Latell general chairman.
Eugene Gavin, a Youngs-towner who returned from Spain after serving 16 months with Loyalist forces as a machine gun instructor, predicts an eventual victory by Loyalist forces. Gavin was in the Lincoln Brigade, as was the late Joe Dallet, Communist leader in Youngstown, who was killed in action.