Today is Wednesday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2014. There are 119 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1189: England’s King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) is crowned in Westminster Abbey.
1658: Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, dies in London; he is succeeded by his son, Richard.
1783: Representatives of the United States and Britain sign the Treaty of Paris, which officially ends the Revolutionary War.
1868: The Japanese city of Edo is renamed Tokyo.
1914: Cardinal Giacomo Della Chiesa becomes pope; he takes the name Benedict XV.
1923: The United States and Mexico resume diplomatic relations.
1939: Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declare war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland; in a radio address, Britain’s King George VI said, “With God’s help, we shall prevail.” The same day, a German U-boat torpedoes and sinks the British liner SS Athenia some 250 miles off the Irish coast, killing more than 100 out of the 1,400 or so people on board.
1944: British forces liberate Brussels during World War II.
1951: The long-running CBS television soap opera “Search for Tomorrow” makes its debut on CBS.
1989: The IRS maintains that U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. must pay the entire $187,767 tax bill tied to his acceptance of $108,000 from reputed mob figures in 1980. A federal appeals court has upheld a tax judge’s ruling against Traficant.
Warden Donald Julius closes the Mercer County, Pa., Jail to new prisoners rather than use temporary cots after one prisoner uses the leg of a cot as a weapon.
Choice Youngstown holds a picnic in Boardman Township to thank volunteers who have been acting as escorts at the Mahoning Women’s Center on Market Street each Saturday when anti-abortion demonstrators march outside the center.
1974: Residents of the Bloomfield-Mespo, Farmington, Southington and Bristol school districts in Trumbull County will vote on whether their schools should be consolidated, as ordered by the County Board of Education in August.
The wettest Canfield Fair since 1926 comes to an end with a total five-day attendance of 384,621, about 25,000 fewer than a year earlier.
M.F. Velotta & Sons Contractors of Solon uses a $500,000 paving machine that can pour 250 feet of concrete 50 feet wide in an hour to pave Interstate 680 between South Avenue and Midlothian Boulevard in just 12 days.
1964: U.S. Steel Corp. schedules another face-lifting operation on the 43-inch hot strip mill at McDonald, adding a high-pressure system capable of producing water pressure of 1,000 pounds per square inch.
The Canfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol warns that “no leniency will be shown reckless operators and violators who endanger their own lives and the lives of others” over the Labor Day weekend.
1939: Final tests are being done for WFMJ Radio to begin regular broadcasts in Youngstown, which will include hourly news broadcasts from The Youngstown Vindicator’s newsroom.
Some 6,000 Macedonians are expected in Youngstown for the 18th annual convention of the Macedonian Political Organization of the United States, Canada and Australia.
Youngstown voters will have to choose from among 78 candidates for president of council and the seven council ward positions, according to records at the Mahoning County Board of Elections.