Today is Monday, Sept. 26, the 270th day of 2016. There are 96 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1777: British troops occupied Philadelphia during the American Revolution.

1789: Thomas Jefferson is confirmed by the Senate to be the first United States secretary of state; John Jay, the first chief justice; Edmund Randolph, the first attorney general.

1892: John Philip Sousa and his newly formed band perform publicly for the first time at the Stillman Music Hall in Plainfield, N.J.

1914: The Federal Trade Commission is established.

1937: The radio drama “The Shadow,” starring Orson Welles, premieres on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

1957: The musical play “West Side Story” opens on Broadway.

1960: The first debate between presidential nominees takes place as Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon face off before a national TV audience from Chicago.

1986: William H. Rehnquist is sworn in as the 16th chief justice of the United States, while Antonin Scalia joins the Supreme Court as its 103rd member.

2006: A declassified version of a government intelligence report ordered released by President George W. Bush says the war in Iraq had become a “cause celebre” for Islamic extremists, breeding deep resentment of the U.S. that was likely to get worse before it got better.

2015: Visiting Philadelphia on the final leg of his six-day U.S. trip, Pope Francis extols America’s founding ideals of liberty and equality while warning that religious freedom is under threat around the globe.


1991: Mahoning County Health Department representatives and deputy sheriffs, armed with an injunction signed by Judge William Houser, close a Coitsville Township dump operated by Industrial Services Co.

The Ohio Supreme Court approves a request by Attorney General Lee Fisher to recover $13,355 he spent to defend his narrow victory over state Sen. Paul Pfeifer.

1976: Mayor Jack C. Hunter unveils a plan to develop a large industrial park at Youngstown Municipal Airport.

Don Hanni III is recruiting members of other public employee unions for his Ohio Public Workers National Union, which is a cause of irritation with some government officials and officers of the Teamsters, the Public Employees Union and the Associated Trades and Crafts National Union.

The Youngstown Area Urban League is conducting a voter registration drive in the South Side area bounded by Market Street, Indianola Avenue, Glenwood Avenue and High Street.

1966: Mrs. Rooser Lewis of Himrod Avenue is the Youngstown Ice Service Co.’s last home icebox customer, but the company still is a thriving business selling ice for trucks and railcars that haul meat and produce.

Diane Lederle of Lisbon is congratulated by Dr. Albert L. Pugsley, president of Youngstown University, as the 12,000th student registered for classes. It is the first time the university has exceeded the 12,000 mark.

George Savchuck of Austintown is in fair condition in South Side Hospital after being shot by a neighbor in what police said was part of a long-standing feud.

1941: Dr. I.E. Philo, rabbi of Rodef Sholem Temple, says the Youngstown Charter must be amended because it plays one minority group against another to benefit politicians and racketeers.

Fifty-mile-per-hour winds down trees and wires in the Salem area; in Trumbull County, fruit was damaged and trees uprooted.

Judge Peter Mulholland defies a Youngstown Law Department declaration that a municipal judge cannot “fix” parking tickets, voiding 148 in a 30-day period.

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