Years Ago

Today is Friday, Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2013. There are 109 days left in the year. The Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, begins at sunset.


On this date in:

1788: The Congress of the Confederation authorizes the first national election, and declares New York City the temporary national capital.

1759: During the final French and Indian War, the British defeat the French on the Plains of Abraham overlooking Quebec City.

1803: Commodore John Barry, considered by many the father of the American Navy, dies in Philadelphia.

1912: A state funeral is held in Japan for Emperor Meiji.

1948: Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine is elected to the U.S. Senate; she becomes the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.

1959: Elvis Presley first meets his future wife, 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, while stationed in West Germany with the U.S. Army. (They marry in 1967, but divorce in 1973.)


1988: Judge Mitchell F. Shaker, Trumbull.. County Common Pleas Court administrative judge, warns county commissioners that he will hold them to a two- week deadline he set for them to explain how they will address deteriorating conditions and the presence of asbestos in the courthouse.

Attys. Percy Squires of Columbus and Robert A. Douglas of Youngstown, representing three black county residents, are seeking to have the U.S. District Court declare the new boundaries of the 52nd and 53rd state representative districts unconstitutional.

1973: U.S. District Judge Leroy Conti sentences Louisiana coed Betty Anderson, 23, to two years in federal prison after she was convicted of attempted manslaughter for leaving her newly born daughter in an airline toilet at the Youngstown Municipal Airport but delays execution of the sentence pending an appeal.

Downtown Youngstown merchants consider extending their free Saturday bus rides which have been in effect through the summer.

The Campbell Education Association ratifies a new contract calling for a $7,000 base salary, ending a six-day strike and reopening schools for 2,200 students.

1963: An out-of-control Cadillac coupe plows into four young brothers on an Oak Hill sidewalk, injuring one of the boys critically, before slamming into a utility pole. Stephen Brown, 6, is in the constant care ward at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Police Sgt. Paul Cress says the driver faces several traffic charges.

Gov. James A. Rhodes says that Mrs. Frank J. Battisti, wife of a U.S. District Court judge, faces loss of her job as a member of the Ohio Pardon and Parole Board unless she returns soon from a Florida honeymoon trip that began Aug. 5 and isn’t scheduled to end until Sept. 23.

The Boardman Township Zoning Board of Appeals clears the way for construction of eight 12-family apartment buildings at 7544 Market St. between Boardman High School and the Edward J. DeBartolo Co. office building.

1938: The Mahoning County Board of Elections announces that a special election on a 1-mill levy for relief purposes in 1939 will appear on the Oct. 4 special election ballot

C.C. Cappel, manager of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C., urges 350 volunteers for the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra’s 1939 campaign, to stress to Youngstowners the importance of good music in their lives.

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