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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 6, the 250th day of 2016. There are 116 days left in the year.

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1916: The first self-serve grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, opens in Memphis, Tenn., by Clarence Saunders. (The store was set up to allow customers to hand-pick their groceries from shelves, rather than request them from a clerk standing behind a counter.)

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

1901: President William McKinley of Niles is shot and mortally wounded by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. (McKinley died eight days later; Czolgosz was executed Oct. 29.)

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.

1943: Seventy-nine people are killed when a New York-bound Pennsylvania Railroad train derails and crashes in Philadelphia.

1954: Groundbreaking takes place for the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in western Pennsylvania.

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

2006: President George W. Bush acknowledges for the first time that the CIA is running secret prisons overseas.

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1991: Striking Weathersfield Local School District teachers return to work after the State Employment Relations Board rules that their two-day strike was illegal and orders the board and teachers to resume a fact-finding procedure.

Mercer County judges and prison board members agree to allow seven low-risk inmates to help with a cleanup project at the Columbia Theater in Sharon.

U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. says a regional airport authority is being formed to buy the Youngstown Municipal Airport from the city, and city officials should stop talking about closing the airport.

1976: The Cyclone ride at the Canfield Fair throws several riders from its roller-coaster cars, sending at least nine to area hospitals. None is reported seriously injured.

Dr. John A. Harvey, a standout athlete and student in the 1936 graduating class at Scienceville High School in Youngstown, is named a deputy director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Winners in the first Campbell Open Golf Tournament at Countryside course are Alex George, John Hvisdak, Sue Reichert, Dorothy Korchnak, Al Tabus, Steve Bednar, Frank Sikora, Ken Gura and Joe Lesoganich.

1966: Bold thieves who parked their camouflaged truck in a nearby cemetery chisel their way through the back wall of Robert Hall Clothes on Market Street in Boardman and escape with nearly 500 suits valued at $20,000.

State police at New Castle are looking for three young armed robbers who robbed an Amish couple selling bread at a roadside stand on Route 19.

Youngstown’s three television stations offer a mixture of religion, comedy and drama for the new season, with offerings that include “Billy Graham,” “My Mother the Car,” “Petticoat Junction” and “The Fugitive.”

The 120th Canfield Fair closes with a record attendance of 342,616.

1941: The Youngstown Chamber of Commerce says it would like to see Mahoning County buy new voting machines but that the county can’t afford the estimated $80,000 cost.

The National Amateur Baseball Federation tourney opens on eight fields in Youngstown. Twenty top-notch sandlot teams from throughout the country will compete.

Jane Randolph, who was born in Youngstown and went to grammar school in Canton, has been signed to a motion picture contract by Warner Brothers.

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