Today is Monday, Sept. 5, the 249th day of 2016. There are 117 days left in the year. This is Labor Day.
On this date:
1774: The first Continental Congress assembles in Philadelphia.
1836: Sam Houston is elected president of the Republic of Texas.
1914: The First Battle of the Marne, resulting in a French-British victory over Germany, begins during World War I.
1939: Four days after war breaks out in Europe, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issues a proclamation declaring U.S. neutrality in the conflict.
1945: Japanese-American Iva Toguri D’Aquino, suspected of being wartime broadcaster “Tokyo Rose,” is arrested in Yokohama. (D’Aquino was later convicted of treason and served six years in prison; she was pardoned in 1977 by President Gerald R. Ford.)
1961: President John F. Kennedy signs legislation making aircraft hijackings a federal crime.
1972: The Palestinian group Black September attacks the Israeli Olympic delegation at the Munich Games; 11 Israelis, five guerrillas and a police officer are killed in the resulting siege.
1975: President Gerald R. Ford escapes an attempt on his life by Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson’s, in Sacramento, Calif.
1986: Four hijackers who had seized a Pan Am jumbo jet on the ground in Karachi, Pakistan, open fire when the lights inside the plane failed; 20 people are killed.
1996: Hurricane Fran reaches Cape Fear, N.C., hours before barreling ashore.
1991: The head of Youngstown State University’s faculty union, John Russo, says the 450-member unit is reluctantly preparing for a strike when its contract expires Sept. 25.
State Rep. Joseph Vukovich, D-52nd, says a 6th Circuit Court ruling to redraw district boundaries to concentrate black voters in the 53rd district encourages “the politics of segregation.” Robert F. Hagan, who represents the 53rd district, favors the ruling.
Sharon Steel Corp., which saw its tax bill drop from $2.4 million to $1.4 million a year between 1985 and 1989, says it is still paying too much.
1976: U.S. Sen John Glenn visits the Canfield Fair, greeting fairgoers at the Mahoning County Democratic Party tent.
Howard O. Collins, general manager of the Rockwell International Plant in New Castle that manufactures leaf springs for the automotive industry, says the plant that employs 425 has no plans to reduce operations or move.
About 55,000 students return to Trumbull County public schools, a number that has stabilized in recent years. Warren City Schools will have 11,800 students; the largest local school district is Howland with 5,600 students.
1966: Gerald R. “Jeep” McDonald is named membership director of the Central YMCA in Youngstown.
The congregation of Ohev Tzedek Temple dedicates its $100,000 religious school, built at Glenwood Avenue and Shields Road in Boardman.
Hills department stores are running a special from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.: hot dogs, 8 cents; Pepsi-Cola, 4 cents.
1941: Two motorists who ignored schoolboy traffic patrol signals and sent children crossing the street running for safety are fined $45 and have their licenses suspended for 30 days by Youngstown Municipal Judge Robert B. Nevin.
Mattie Leece of Youngstown is a delegate to the annual National Baptist Convention of American meeting in Shreveport, La. She was elected national Gleaner during an earlier convention in Chicago.
A 16-year-old parolee from the Boys Industrial School is wounded by Salem Police Chief Ralph Stoffer after the youth fled when Stoffer tried to question him about two auto thefts.