Today is Thursday, Sept. 15, the 259th day of 2016. There are 107 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1789: The U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs is renamed the Department of State.

1807: Former Vice President Aaron Burr is acquitted of a misdemeanor charge two weeks after he was found not guilty of treason.

1857: William Howard Taft – who would later serve as president of the United States and as U.S. chief justice – is born in Cincinnati.

1890: English mystery writer Agatha Christie is born in Torquay.

1950: During the Korean conflict, United Nations forces land at Incheon in the south and begin their drive toward Seoul.

1963: Four black girls are killed when a bomb goes off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. (Three Ku Klux Klansmen eventually were convicted for their roles in the blast.)

1972: A federal grand jury in Washington indicts seven men in connection with the Watergate break-in.

1981: The Senate Judiciary Committee votes unanimously to approve the Supreme Court nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor.

2006: Ford Motor Co. takes drastic steps to remold itself into a smaller, more competitive company, slashing thousands of jobs and closing two additional plants.

2011: President Barack Obama bestows the Medal of Honor on Sgt. Dakota Meyer, a young and humble Marine who had defied orders and repeatedly barreled straight into a ferocious “killing zone” in Afghanistan to save 36 lives at extraordinary risk to himself.


1991: Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., announces that its $7.5 million “Decade for Leadership” campaign raised $22 million, almost three times its goal.

Delaware State pulls off a 33-29 victory over Youngstown State University.

Niles Classroom Teachers vote 148-8 to approve a three-year pact, ending a 12-day strike that began Sept. 3. The pact has a wage freeze the first year, a 2 percent raise the second and a 5 percent raise the third.

Students in the Austintown Fitch High School TV class broadcast through Austintown Community Television that is aired on Armstrong Cable’s Channel 19.

1976: Members of USW Local 1617 vote 545-392 to end a 7 7-day strike against GF Business Equipment in Youngstown.

William Gorog, who grew up in Warren and is deputy assistant to the president of the United States, returns to the area to discuss President Gerald Ford’s philosophy of how the Mahoning Valley can best achieve economic recovery.

The Youngstown YMCA opens its 1976-77 membership campaign on the theme “power through service.” Dr. Marvin Ludwig, president of Defiance College, is the guest speaker.

1966:Striking municipal employees in Warren return to their jobs after being promised 4-percent across-the-board wage hikes, but negotiations on a full contract continue.

The Youngstown Junior League approves plans for a children’s zoo in the Bears Den area of Mill Creek Park.

State Sen. Charles J. Carney introduces legislation to get a planned Northeast Ohio medical school located in Youngstown.

1941: About 300 members and their wives of the New York City Police Post of the American Legion stop in Youngstown for two hours to attend church services and visit with local veterans. They are en route to the national convention in Milwaukee.

More than 800 members of the Columbiana County Christian Churches attend an open air communion service at Firestone Park.

“Superman” from the loft of John Neff in Niles takes first honors in the 200-mile pigeon race from Dayton.

Harry R. Raver, former Youngstown resident and prominent figure in American amusement circles for 40 years, dies of injuries suffered when a burglar invaded his Los Angeles home.

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