Today is Friday, Sept. 2, the 246th day of 2016. 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: Turing the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s forces occupy Atlanta.

1901: Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offers this advice in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

1945: Japan formally surrenders in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.

Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam an independent republic. (Ho died on this date in 1969 during the Vietnam War.)

1963: Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace prevents the integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers.

“The CBS Evening News” with Walter Cronkite is lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes, becoming network television’s first half-hour nightly newscast.

2015: Overcoming ferocious opposition, President Barack Obama secures a legacy-defining foreign policy victory as Senate Democrats clinch the necessary votes to ensure the Iran nuclear agreement survives in Congress.


1991: Careless smoking and an unattended pot on a stove are thought to be the causes of separate fires that killed two Youngstown men, Eddie Ellis, 41, and Martin T. Hudson, 40.

Responding to critics who believe Ohio school buses should be required to have seat belts, David Campbell of the Ohio Department of Education’s pupil transportation section says the state has not had a fatality inside a school bus since 1966.

It took two years and $500 in legal fees, but Anthony Patrone of Girard wins an appeals court ruling that says Warren police should not have arrested him for being verbally abusive to a meter maid who wrote him a parking ticket. Calling someone a vulgar name does not rise to the level of “fighting words” required to support a charge of disorderly conduct, the court rules.

1976: The 130th Canfield Fair opens its five-day run at the 305-acre fairgrounds with the traditional Youth Day.

Youngstown Mayor Jack C. Hunter, a Republican, fires up his congressional campaign by challenging U.S. Rep. Charles J. Carney, the Democratic incumbent, to a debate.

Joanne Carbone, a 1976 business and office education graduate of Struthers High School, is named Ohio State Office-Education Queen at the Ohio State Fair.

1966: The Packard Electric Division of General Motors will build a huge addition to its North River Road plant, the eighth at that site, General Manager George Chestnut discloses.

Attendance at the 120th annual Canfield Fair sets a first-day record with 53,363 going through the gates.

Area rainfall in August was 5.05 inches, about an inch and a half above normal. For the year, however, rainfall is still 6.17 inches below average.

1941: Schools throughout Columbiana County open with an enrollment of 4,600 in rural and village schools.

Niles City Councilman Anthony J. Reigle complains that a recent report of the state auditor that notes that several elected officials and city employees are delinquent in their water and light payments should have named specific councilmen. He assures voters that he is not one of them.

Band leader Phil Harris, who plays on Jack Benny’s radio show, brings his orchestra to the Palace Theater on Central Square for four shows. Sharing the stage is ventriloquist Paul Winchell.

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