Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2013. There are 105 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1787: The Constitution of the United States is completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

1862: More than 3,600 men are killed, many more wounded, captured or left missing, in the Civil War Battle of Antietam in Maryland; although the battle itself proved inconclusive, it effectively halted the Confederates’ advance into Maryland.

1908: Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge of the U.S. Army Signal Corps becomes the first person to die in the crash of a powered aircraft, the Wright Flyer, at Fort Myer, Va., just outside Washington, D.C.

1911: Calbraith P. Rodgers sets off from Sheepshead Bay, N.Y., aboard a Wright biplane in an attempt to become the first flier to travel the width of the United States. (The 49-day journey required 69 stops before ending in Pasadena, Calif.)

1937: The likeness of President Abraham Lincoln’s head is dedicated at Mount Rushmore.

1939: The Soviet Union invades Poland during World War II, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany had launched its assault.


1988: The biggest group ever has struck it rich in the Ohio lottery as 51 employees of John Marshal High School in Glendale, W. Va., win a $3-million jackpot.

Gov. Richard F. Celeste names Ellen O’Brien Saunders of Wisconsin to be administrator of the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services.

1973: A local group, the Happy Hearts Tamburitzans, are leaving for a 21-day trip through Yugoslavia, climaxing the tour with a performance in Stubica to mark the 400th anniversary of the peasants uprising.

Ted Bell scores three touchdowns and racks up a record 212 rushing yards as Coach Don Bucci’s Mooney Cardinals blank East Liverpool, 29-0.

Despite dimming hopes for government financial aid to parents of students in the nation’s parochial schools, John Augenstein, Youngstown diocesan superintendent, believes that “committed” parents will continue to send their children to Catholic schools.

1963: The Ohio Supreme Court orders the Mahoning County Board of Elections to remove Anthony B. Flask from the November ballot as the Democratic nominee for mayor because Flask was a primary candidate for president of council before he was named to replace Richard J. Barrett, the mayoral nominee who withdrew.

Dr. Robert E. Conway, guidance director, tells the Youngstown Board of Education that a $1,000 federal grant provided counseling that resulted in 91 of 102 potential dropouts at Rayen, East and South high schools showing up for the first day of class.

1938: In an attempt to squelch wild rumors that a girl died of a poisonous snake bite while riding an Idora Park roller coaster, the park offers a $500 reward for anyone who can prove such an incident occurred.

Youngstown police are searching for two men in a yellow roadster who have been trying to entice young girls into their auto. The latest incident was reported at Myrtle Avenue and Hillman Street.

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