Today is Tuesday, September 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1666: The Great Fire of London breaks out.
1789: The United States Treasury Department is established.
1864:During the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s forces occupy Atlanta.
1901: Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offers the advice, “Speak softly and carry a big stick” in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.
1944: During World War II, Navy pilot Lt. George Herbert Walker Bush is shot down by Japanese forces as he completes a bombing run over the Bonin Islands. (Bush was rescued by the crew of the submarine USS Finback; his two crew members, however, died.)
1945: Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam an independent republic. (Ho died on this date in 1969.)
1945: Japan formally surrenders in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.
1964: One of America’s most decorated military heroes of World War I, Medal of Honor recipient Alvin C. York, dies in Nashville at age 76.
1972: Dave Wottle of the United States wins the men’s 800-meter race at the Munich Summer Olympics.
1986: A judge in Los Angeles sentences Cathy Evelyn Smith to three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter for her role in the 1982 drug overdose death of comedian John Belushi. (Smith served 18 months.)
1998: A Swissair MD-11 jetliner crashes off Nova Scotia, killing all 229 people aboard.
2004: President George W. Bush summons the nation toward victory over terrorism and economic security at home as he accepts his party’s nomination for a second term at the Republican National Convention in New York.
2009: Pfizer agrees to pay a record $2.3 billion settlement for illegal drug promotion.
2013: France releases an intelligence report alleging chemical weapons use by Syria that dovetailed with similar U.S. claims, as President Bashar Assad warns that any military strike against his country would spark an uncontrollable regional war.
1989: The Youngstown Pride wins the World Basketball League championship, defeating Calgary 118-116 before 7,000 fans at Beeghly Center on YSU’s campus.
Two men, including a retired Youngstown police officer, are fined $1,000 and given suspended 30-day jail sentences for possessing about $20,000 worth of fireworks without a license a week before July Fourth.
Niles Mayor Joseph Parise says the Police Department’s decision to beef up its armory with a submachine gun brings the narcotics division into the 20th century and gives police firepower to match the drug dealers.
1974: Faulty wiring is believed to be the cause of a $25,000 fire at the Reynolds Drive-In Theater on Route 18 in Pymatuning, Pa.
The Youngstown District economy is strong on Labor Day 1974, with area steel mills operating at near capacity for more than a year.
Seventy-two Catholic schools in the six-county Youngstown Diocese report enrollment of 26,791 for the new school year.
1964: Mayor Anthony B. Flask appoints Ronald Pittman, former director of housing for the Pittsburgh Urban League, as the director of Youngstown’s Fair Employment Practices Commission.
Youngstown public and diocesan high school administrators, police and other city officials, including Mayor Anthony B. Flask, meet to formulate a strategy for combatting rowydism at and following football games in the city.
1939: After Germany’s invasion of Poland, Auxiliary Bishop James A. McFadden directs Catholic pastors in the Cleveland Diocese to include the prayer for peace among nations in daily Masses until further notice.
Johnny Malutic of Struthers posts two 68s on the 71-par Grantwood Course in Cleveland to win the Cleveland District Open Golf Championship.