Years Ago

Today is Monday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2013. There are 99 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1806: The Lewis and Clark expedition returns to St. Louis more than two years after setting out for the Pacific Northwest.

1846: Neptune is identified as a planet by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle.

1908: An apparent base- running error by Fred Merkle of the New York Giants costs his team a victory against the Chicago Cubs and leaves the game tied 1-1. The Cubs win a rematch and with it, the National League pennant.

1912: Mack Sennett’s first Keystone short subject, a “split-reel” of two comedies both starring Mabel Normand and Ford Sterling (“Cohen Collects a Debt” and “The Water Nymph”), is released.

Houston’s William Marsh Rice Institute, later renamed Rice University, opens for classes on the 12th anniversary of Rice’s death.

1949: President Harry S. Truman announces there is evidence the Soviet Union had conducted a nuclear test explosion on Aug. 29, 1949.

1952: Sen. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., salvages his vice-presidential nomination by appearing live on television to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising. (The address becomes known as the “Checkers” speech because of Nixon’s on-air reference to the family pet, a dog named Checkers.)

1957: Nine black students who’d entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas are forced to withdraw because of a white mob outside.

1962: “The Jetsons,” an animated cartoon series about a Space Age family, premieres as the ABC television network’s first color program.

1973: Former Argentine president Juan Peron wins a landslide election victory that returns him to power; his wife, Isabel, is elected vice president.

1981: The Reagan administration announces plans for what becomes known as Radio Marti.

2001: President George W. Bush returns the American flag to full staff at Camp David, symbolically ending a period of national mourning for the 9/11 attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Thousands gather at New York’s Yankee Stadium to offer prayers for the victims of terrorism; Mayor Rudolph Giuliani pledges that “our skyline will rise again.”


1988: Youngstown and Liberty police arrest two of three men wanted in a Kimmel Brook Homes shooting that left two men dead.

Poland Village officials tell the Ohio Department of Transportation that the new South Main Street bridge slated for construction within a decade should reflect the historical integrity of the old structure.

Three Youngstown men are being held in Los Angeles County jail for possession of nearly nine pounds of suspected cocaine.

1973: Jennings R. Lambeth, president of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., looks for steelmaking at full capacity the rest of 1973 and the first half of 1974.

Ted Bell carries for 109 yards and two touchdowns to lead Ursuline to a 13-0 victory over Mooney.

Carmelo C. Foti is selected by the Greater Youngstown Columbus Day Committee as general chairman for Columbus Day activities in Youngstown.

1963: Robert E. Williams, executive vice president of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., says the steel industry’s sales have hit the bottom of the curve and are on the way up.

The Rev. Paul R. Coleman tells members of Christ U.P. Church in Youngstown that the nation should return to elective religious education in public schools.

John Heini, 21, undergoes surgery at South Side Hospital for head injuries received when he was knocked down by an angry motorist who wanted the parking space Heini took. Police have a license number and are seeking the assailant.

1938: Carl Workman, 46, of 896 E. Warren Ave. is killed instantly when his car crashes into the rear of a broken-down truck parked without flares in South Avenue Ext. near Shields Road.

Police Chief Carl L. Olson announces that the identity of the mystery girl who had been found unconscious at Youngstown’s bus station has been solved and she is being sent home. But neither her identity nor where “home” is will be released.

All Youngstown police and county deputies are on the lookout for a Kansas auto, whose occupants tried to entice a Monroe School girl and boy into the auto by offering them candy and fruit.

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