Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2013. There are 98 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1789: Congress adopts a Judiciary Act, which provides for an attorney general and a Supreme Court.

1869: Thousands of businessmen are ruined in a Wall Street panic known as Black Friday after financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk attempt to corner the gold market.

1929: Lt. James H. Doolittle guides a Consolidated NY-2 Biplane over Mitchel Field in New York in the first all-instrument flight.

1948: Mildred Gillars, accused of being Nazi wartime radio propagandist “Axis Sally,” pleads not guilty in Washington, D.C., to charges of treason. Gillars, later convicted, ends up serving 12 years in prison.

1955: President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffers a heart attack while on vacation in Denver.

1963: The U.S. Senate ratifies a treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union limiting nuclear testing.

1969: The trial of the “Chicago Eight” (later seven) begins. Five of the defendants are later convicted of crossing state lines to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, but the convictions are ultimately overturned.

1976: Former hostage Patricia Hearst is sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery in San Francisco carried out by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Hearst was released after 22 months after receiving clemency from President Jimmy Carter.

1991: Kidnappers in Lebanon free British hostage Jack Mann after holding him captive for more than two years.

Children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, dies in La Jolla, Calif., at age 87.

2001: President George W. Bush orders a freeze on the assets of 27 people and organizations with suspected links to terrorism, including Islamic militant Osama bin Laden, and urged other nations to do likewise.


1988: Youngstown schools Superintendent Emanuel Catsoules says a melee outside of Stambaugh Stadium during and following the Rayen-East game may mean an end to night football games in the city.

U.S. Rep. Dennis Eckart of Mentor, D-11th, will play the role of Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Dan Quayle in Democratic preparations for a vice presidential debate.

Insurers of three doctors, an anesthesiology firm and Warren General Hospital agree to pay $2.65 million to settle a suit filed by Susan Ozanich, who was paralyzed after anesthesia during labor.

1973: The Youngstown Board of Education files charges of contempt of court against striking school employee leaders, who it says are violating an injunction issued by Common Pleas Judge Clyde Osborne.

The Rt. Rev. Daniel F. Cyganowski presides over the mortgage burning for Sacred Heart of Jesus Polish National Catholic Church.

U.S. Rep. Clarence Brown, R-Urbana, praises Youngstown Mayor Jack C. Hunter as an example of the best in public service during a $30-per-plate fund raising dinner at the Living Room restaurant near Warren.

1963: David Zirwas of Lake Milton, who fled after shooting and killing a Niles man, is arrested in Las Vegas, five hours after he shot a young hitchhiker.

John Heini, 21, dies in South Side Hospital of head injuries received when he was punched by a man who was angry that Heini took a parking space downtown. An East Side man, a former professional boxer, turns himself in, but denies striking Heini.

The Toledo Board of Education bans night football after a fight broke out at a game that resulted in 37 arrests and four policemen being injured.

1938: Peter J. Corll, chairman of the Mahoning County Central Committee, will be in charge of the fall Democratic campaign in Mahoning County, Arthur Limbach, state Democratic chairman, announces. Limbach says county Chairman Fred Shutrump has agreed to the action.

South High School defeats Campbell Memorial, 7-0, before 7,500 frenzied fans at South Stadium.

The 99th annual session of the Trumbull Baptist Association opens at Calvary Baptist Church with a two-day program that includes the Rev. E.W. Bloomquist of Lima speaking on “Living Below Our Means.”

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