Today is Sunday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2015. There are 116 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1861: Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant occupy Paducah, Ky., during the Civil War.

1901: Niles-born President William McKinley is shot and killed by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y.

1916: The first self-service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, opens in Memphis, Tenn.

1925: The silent film horror classic “The Phantom of the Opera,” starring Lon Chaney, has its world premiere at the Astor Theater in New York.

1997: A public funeral takes place for Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in London, six days after her death in a car crash in Paris.

2005: The California State Legislature becomes the first legislative body in the nation to approve same-sex marriages.


1990: Car dealer Shorty F. Navarro, president of Stadium Olds-Buick, buys six buildings along West State Street in Salem for $305,000 during a bankruptcy auction.

An impending lease agreement between the city of Youngstown and Aero Services International, one of the major tenants at Youngstown Municipal Airport, is hailed by Mayor Patrick J. Ungaro as the start of a new financial era at the debt-ridden facility.

A Trumbull County jury deliberates for less than two hours before finding Dennis Fredericksen, 39, of Iowa, guilty of aggravated murder in the death of his wife, Adelia, 35, rejecting his claim that he thought he was back in the jungles of Vietnam when he shot her.

1975: At least six fans are injured and Youngstown patrolman Francis Gallagher suffers a heart attack after lightning strikes the stands at South High School during a football game.

Copperweld Steel Corp., based in Pittsburgh with a plant in Warren, gets a temporary federal court injunction blocking a takeover by Societe Imetal of France.

Richard Dennis “Denny” Barrett, 43, well-known football and speech coach at Cardinal Mooney High School and prominent area sportscaster, dies of cancer in North Side Hospital.

1965: Bulldozers level the famed Elms Ballroom to make way for expansion of Youngstown University. Over a period of 44 years the ballroom was host to some of the biggest bands in the country, including Benny Goodman, the Dorsey Brothers, Duke Ellington, Guy Lombardo, and singers Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Doris Day and Lena Horne.

Sally Ferguson of Portland, Ore., will direct the new season for the Youngstown Civic Children’s Theater, which opens Oct. 30, with “Greensleeves Magic.”

Committee members of the Youngstown Playhouse Women’s Guild plan for the 40th anniversary Ruby Ball.

1940: The Columbiana American Legion Band, organized under the leadership of Charles Essenwein, will furnish music for the Columbiana Street Fair.

Track officials announce that the Lake Milton dog track will close, a day after Ohio Gov. John W. Bricker orders an investigation of possible illegal gambling at two dog tracks.

Steel output in the Youngstown District will hit 86 percent of capacity, the highest rate for the year

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