Today is Saturday, Sept. 2, the 245th day of 2017. There are 120 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1666: The Great Fire of London breaks out.
1789: The United States Treasury Department is established.
1864: During the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s forces occupy Atlanta.
1901: Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offers the advice “Speak softly and carry a big stick” in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.
1935: A Labor Day hurricane slams into the Florida Keys, claiming more than 400 lives.
1945: Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam an independent republic. (Ho died on this date in 1969.)
1945: Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.
1963: Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace prevents the integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers.
1969: In what some regard as the birth of the Internet, two connected computers at the University of California, Los Angeles, pass test data through a 15-foot cable.
2007: After two days of talks in Geneva, the chief U.S. envoy says North Korea has agreed to account for and disable its atomic programs by the end of the year.
2016: Tropical Storm Hermine hits Florida as a Category 1 hurricane, wiping away beachside buildings and toppling trees onto homes.
1992: The co-chairman of Sharon Steel Corp, Wolfgang Jansen, who helped reorganize the company as it came out of bankruptcy at the end of 1990, resigns, two weeks after John D. Fry, president and CEO, announced his resignation.
Eugenia Atkinson of Youngstown is appointed by Gov. George Voinovich to the open seat on the board of trustees of Youngstown State University, making her the first black woman on the board.
FBI agents stop a car at state Route 11 and Raccoon Road and take into custody Amil A. Dinsio Sr., 56, of Boardman, and his brother, James A. Dinsio, 62, of Beaver Township who were wanted in North Carolina on bank burglary and conspiracy charges.
1977: The 131st Canfield Fair opens with a first-day crowd of 89,877. Lori Stryffeler of Canfield and Dan Harbin of Greenford are the 4-H king and queen.
Lightning strikes shock three people at the Canfield Fair and in Canfield and Boardman townships. Susan Procick, 10; George Kern, 40, and Margaret Parry, 39, are released after treatment at South Side Hospital.
Bob Elfers, a 41-year-old marathon swimmer and Elyria autoworker, abandons his second attempt to swim Lake Erie, foiled by wind and waves after covering 24 miles, 390 miles short of his goal.
1967: Mrs. Charles Brown and her 11-month old daughter, Heather Sue, are presented the Silver Star and Bronze Star awarded posthumously to Lt. Charles Brown Jr., who was killed March 20 during a mission in Vietnam.
On Pennsylvania Day at the 121st Canfield Fair, attendance records continue to fall with a two-day total of 42,137 more than the 1966 total.
Syro Steel Co. of Girard receives an $8 million order for field-landing mats made of steel strip in 36,000 bundles.
1942: The Farrell ordnance plant owned by Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corp. is shut down by a strike by 75 cranemen, idling 1,900 war production workers.
Two Youngstown scrap metal dealers – the Kulka Co. on Alpine Street and Mahoning Metal Market on Mahoning Avenue – receive government awards for moving scrap materials into war production.