Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2013. There are 108 days left in the year.


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1814: Francis Scott Key is inspired to write a poem, “Defence of Fort Mc-Henry,” after witnessing how an American flag flying over the Maryland fort withstood a night of British bombardment during the War of 1812; the poem later became the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

1812: Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops enter Moscow following the Battle of Borodino to find the Russian city largely abandoned and parts set ablaze.

1829: The Treaty of Adrianople is signed, ending war between Russia and the Ottoman Empire.

1861: The first naval engagement of the Civil War takes place as the USS Colorado attacks and sinks the Confederate private schooner Judah off Pensacola, Fla.

1901: President William McKinley dies in Buffalo, N.Y., of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeds him.

1927: Modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan dies in Nice, France, when her scarf becomes entangled in a wheel of the sports car she was riding in.

1941: Vermont passes a resolution enabling its servicemen to receive wartime bonuses by declaring the U.S. to be in a state of armed conflict, giving rise to headlines that Vermont had “declared war on Germany.”

1963: Mary Ann Fischer of Aberdeen, S.D., gives birth to four girls and a boy, the first known surviving quintuplets in the United States.

1964: Pope Paul VI opens the third session of the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, also known as “Vatican II.” (The session closed two months later.)


1988: Atty. Joseph Compoli of Cleveland, who is representing Warren residents opposed to construction of a state prison on the West Side, says he will ask the Ohio Supreme Court to clear the way for an issue that would block construction on the November ballot.

Leonard Levine, president of Union Steel Supply Co., is elected chairman of the St. Joseph Riverside Hospital board of trustees.

Youngstown Mayor Patrick J. Ungaro says statements by William M. Carter, Youngstown Human Relations Commission chief, questioning whether white women should receive special treatment when government contracts are awarded, are “chauvinistic and insulting.”

1973: Three men in ski masks rob Paul’s Truck Stop on Mahoning Avenue Ext., shooting and wounding the owner, Paul Sudimack.

Anthony Julian, director of consumer protection in Youngstown, says his agency is being deluged with complaints and is seeking $61,000 in unspent Youngstown Area Community Action Council funds to help address backlogs.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency denies Republic Steel Corp.’s request for pollution variances for its coke ovens in Warren and Youngstown because the company has not submitted its plan to bring the facilities into compliance by July 1975.

1963: Charles G. Nichols, 59, of 25 Audubon Lane, Poland, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the G.M. McKelvey Co. and a national leader in retail merchandising, dies in North Side Hospital of a cerebral hemorrhage.

A statewide search is launched for Donald W. George, 37, wanted in the rifle-slaying of a 33-year-old Brownlee Woods housewife, Beatrice Knight, and her son, Tim, 15. Thomas Knight, Beatrice’s husband, was shot in the head and wounded by George, who was a co-worker.

The Ohio Department of Development will make a long-range study of the economic impact on the state of a proposed Lake Erie-to-Ohio River Canal.

1938: An advance in auto orders brings Youngstown district steel plants to between 46 and 47 percent of capacity with 40 open hearths, all three Bessemers and 10 blast furnaces in operation.

PWA authorities in Washington approve a $1.3 million grant for Youngstown’s $4.5 million citywide street improvement program.

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