Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 10, the 253rd day of 2013. There are 112 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1813: An American naval force commanded by Oliver H. Perry defeats the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. (Afterward, Perry sends out the message, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.”)

1608: John Smith is elected president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia.

1912: The jungle character Tarzan debuts as “Tarzan of the Apes” by Edgar Rice Burroughs and is published in The All-Story magazine.

1919: New York City welcomes home Gen. John J. Pershing and 25,000 soldiers who served in the U.S. First Division during World War I.

1939: Canada declares war on Germany.

1945: Vidkun Quisling is sentenced to death in Norway for collaborating with the Nazis (he was executed by firing squad in October 1945).

1962: The U.S. Supreme Court orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, a black student.

1963: Twenty black students enter Alabama public schools after a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace.

1979: Four Puerto Rican nationalists imprisoned for a 1954 attack on the U.S. House of Representatives and a 1950 attempt on the life of President Harry S. Truman are freed from prison after being granted clemency by President Jimmy Carter.

1983: John Vorster, prime minister of white-ruled South Africa from 1966 to 1978, dies in Cape Town at age 67.

1987: Pope John Paul II arrives in Miami, where he is welcomed by President and Mrs. Reagan as he begins a 10-day tour of the United States.

1993: “The X-Files” premieres on Fox Television.

2003: Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, 46, is stabbed in a Stockholm department store; she dies the next day. (Mijailo Mijailovic is later convicted of murdering Lindh and was sentenced to life in prison.)


1988: Sharon police are investigating the beating and strangulation death of Camille Brookins, 18, who was apparently killed in her Florence Street home before her body was dumped in a nearby vacant house.

Ohio Secretary of State Sherrod Brown is in Youngstown for National Voter Registration Day and says he hopes that volunteers are able to register 5,000 new voters in the city.

The Rt. Rev. William James of Cincinnati is appointed bishop of the first ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ in Ohio, succeeding Bishop Robert Sidney Fields of Youngstown.

1973: Pennsylvania State Police are investigating allegations by a former undercover agent that the Shenango Valley Narcotics Unit unlawfully monitored conversations electronically in an investigation that led to the arrest of 40 alleged drug pushers over the Memorial Day weekend.

Roy Moore, 21, of Oak Street, walking to get gas for his disabled car at Himrod and Hine Street is accosted and stabbed in the abdomen by five youths who demanded money.

Sister Patricia Mylott, a 1955 graduate of Ursuline High School and former Girard resident, is named religious education coordinator for the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D.

1963: “Build Youngstown University,” Gov. James A. Rhodes advises the Mahoning County Republican finance committee at the Mural Room restaurant during a visit to Mahoning County.

A six-month old Himalayan bear cub is reported stolen from Zooarama, a small zoo operated by Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sinn of Route l45, Ellsworth.

The Austintown Board of Education authorizes Supt. John J. Schuller Jr. to restudy and restore busing for high school students who have to walk to school on hazardous Route 46.

1938: Peter Strachan, 64, of Lakewood, formerly of Youngstown and a member of a well-known family, drowns with three other men after their motor boat capsizes in Lake Erie near Avon Lake.

Municipal Judge Harry Hoffman declares the “bug” is a disgrace to Youngstown as he imposes $25 fines on 32 numbers writers.

Mill Creek Park commissioners tentatively approve plans for an 800-foot suspension bridge over Lake Newport, subject to the county commissioners’ guarantee of sufficient funds to build it.

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