Years Ago

Today is Friday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2013. There are 116 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1901: President William McKinley is shot and mortally wounded by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. (McKinley dies eight days later; Czolgosz is executed on Oct. 29.)

1861: Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant occupy Paducah, Ky., during the Civil War.

1888: Diplomat and financier Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. is born in Boston.

1916: The first self-service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, opens in Memphis, Tenn., by Clarence Saunders.

1939: The Union of South Africa declares war on Germany.

1943: Seventy-nine people are killed when a New York-bound Pennsylvania Railroad train derails and crashes in Philadelphia.

1966: South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd is stabbed to death by an apparently deranged page during a parliamentary session in Cape Town.


1988: The Beach Boys and their fans brave rain and mud for a concert at the Canfield Fair. About 6,500 attend the 90-minute concert that featured 29 of the group’s hits.

The Ohio Supreme Court is taking to the road and will sit at the Mahoning County Courthouse on Oct. 26.

Four Lordstown girls vie for 1988 Apple Cider Queen: Sandra Snider, Marie McNeal, Alicia Cercone and Robyn Trusz.

1973: More than 1,800 Youngstown school teachers and other employees remain off the job on the third day of a strike called by Youngstown Education Association.

Pharmacist Alfred Kurtzweig, 46, is murdered in Lester’s Pharmacy, 264 W. Federal St., after he tells an armed robber that there was no morphine in the store.

John Sutherland, Lords- town GM plant manager, announces an $8 million expansion of the Fisher Body plant, which will add several hundred employees and increase the use of Youngstown steel.

1963: Youngstown City Council must cut nearly $1 million from the 1964 budget to balance the city’s finances after the Mahoning County Budget Commission allocates $573,219 as its share of sales and intangible taxes.

Nathaniel C. Lee, president of the Youngstown NAACP, accuses Youngstown Mayor Harry Savasten of using a pocket veto to keep a proposed charter amendment off the ballot that would create new departments.

Two youthful burglars are surprised while looting the home of Ralph Cunningham, Bedford Road, Lowellville. They run out a side door, leaving behind part of their loot.

1938: Youngstown Schools Superintendent Pliny H. Powers says the first day of school goes off without a hitch. Enrollment in city schools is estimated at 56,000.

Agostino DiVito, 50, is killed when his automobile hits a pole, crosses the Youngstown & Suburban tracks and smashes the barricade on the other side.

Some 20,000 employees and members of their families from President Frank Purnell to the rank and file enjoy the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. picnic at Idora Park.

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