Today is Sunday, Sept. 4, the 248th day of 2016. There are 118 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1682: English astronomer Edmund Halley observes the comet named after him

1781: Los Angeles is founded by Spanish settlers under the leadership of Gov. Felipe de Neve.

1870: The Third French Republic is proclaimed as French overthrow Emperor Napoleon III (who ironically was the elected president of the Second French Republic) after his defeat by Prussia at Sedan

1886: A group of Apache Indians led by Geronimo (also known as Goyathlay, “One Who Yawns”) surrenders to Gen. Nelson Miles at Skeleton Canyon in Arizona.

1888: George Eastman receives a patent for his roll-film box camera, and registers his trademark: “Kodak.”

1917: The American Expeditionary Forces in France suffer their first fatalities during World War I when a German plane attacks a British-run base hospital.

1940: CBS begins broadcasting television as station W2XAB

1951: President Harry S. Truman addresses the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco in the first live, coast-to-coast television broadcast.

1957: Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus uses Arkansas National Guardsmen to prevent nine black students from entering all-white Central High School in Little Rock.

Ford Motor Co. begins selling its ill-fated Edsel.

1963: A Swissair Caravelle III carrying 80 people crashes shortly after takeoff from Zurich, killing all on board.

1971: An Alaska Airlines jet crashes near Juneau, killing all 111 people on board.

1972: U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz wins a seventh gold medal at the Munich Olympics in the 400- meter medley relay.

1984: Canada’s Progressive Conservatives, led by Brian Mulroney, wins a landslide victory in general elections over the Liberal Party of Prime Minister John N. Turner and the New Democrats headed by Ed Broadbent.

1998: Internet services company Google files for incorporation in California.

2006: “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, 44, dies after a stingray’s barb pierces his chest.

Two U.S. warplanes accidentally strafe allied forces in southern Afghanistan, killing one Canadian soldier.

A gunman opens fire on tourists in Amman, Jordan, killing a British man, Christopher Stokes (Nabeel Ahmed Issa al-Jaourah was later convicted and sentenced to death).

The Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet, takes off from Toulouse, France, with a full load of passengers for the first time.

2011: Jerry Lewis is conspicuously absent from the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s 46th annual Labor Day weekend telethon, having hosted the previous 45 broadcasts.

2014: Comedian Joan Rivers dies at a New York hospital at age 81, a week after going into cardiac arrest in a doctor’s office during a routine medical procedure.

2015: Hosting Saudi Arabia’s new monarch for the first time, President Barack Obama says the U.S. shares King Salman’s desire for an inclusive, functioning government in Yemen; their talks also address the Iran nuclear deal, a source of lingering tension in the U.S.-Saudi relationship.

Hundreds of migrants, exhausted after breaking away from police and marching for hours toward Western Europe, board buses provided by Hungary’s government after Austria and Germany say they will let them in.

Former child actress-turned-author Jean Darling dies in Rodermark, Germany, at age 93.


1991: ABC TV’s Barbara Walters will interview former major league pitcher Dave Dravecky at his Boardman home for a “20/20” segment.

Two cars driven by non-union replacement workers hit two striking teachers on a picket line at Niles McKinley High School. There were no incidents reported on picket lines at Weathersfield and Howland schools, where teachers were also striking.

Tallyrand Inc. and six other local companies involved in operating Arby’s restaurants file for bankruptcy protection.

1976: Mahoning County Treasurer Michael J. Pope reports that real estate owners paid $20.3 million of the second half charge, a collection rate of 98 percent.

A WRTA bus on its way to the Canfield Fair plows into a utility pole at U.S. 224 and S. Raccoon Road, sending nine people, including the driver, to three area hospitals.

The American Christian Temple of Austintown, a nondenominational church, breaks ground for a $175,000 sanctuary at 5253 W. Webb Road.

1966: The Youngstown Downtown Board of Trade asks the Ohio Department of Welfare, Gov. James Rhodes and Mahoning County commissioners to return the offices of the Mahoning County Welfare Department to a downtown site.

George Wasser, Greenville, Pa.’s new mayor, says he wants to see progressive government for the borough.

Edward Zaremba, a Brookfield Police Department veteran, is named chief of the township department. His predecessor, Jack Clark, moved to Florida.

Campbell Police Detective Michael Geletka retires after 25 years on the force.

1941: Mahoning County’s 11 draft boards are ordered to establish “re-employment committeemen” to assist draftees in regaining their jobs when their service is ended.

Warren will have electricity for at least 30 more days after the Ohio Public Service Co. and Local 177 of the production and operating union agree to hold in abeyance a planned strike while negotiations continue.

Strouss Hirshberg’s stationery shop offers a back-to-school special, personalized pencils at 39 cents a dozen.

Columbiana opens its 59th annual street fair.

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