Today is Wednesday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2017. There are 116 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1861: Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant occupy Paducah, Ky., during the Civil War.
1901: President William McKinley, who was born in 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.)
1916: The first self-serve grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, is opened in Memphis, Tenn., by Clarence Saunders.
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.
1954: Groundbreaking takes place for the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in western Pennsylvania.
1985: All 31 people aboard a Midwest Express Airlines DC-9 are killed when the Atlanta-bound jetliner crashes just after takeoff from Milwaukee’s Mitchell Field.
1997: A public funeral takes place for Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in London, six days after her death in a car crash in Paris.
2002: Meeting outside Washington, D.C. for only the second time since 1800, Congress convenes in New York to pay homage to the victims and heroes of September 11.
2007: Death claims opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti in Modena, Italy.
2016: Democrat Hillary Clinton accuses Republican Donald Trump of insulting America’s veterans and pressing dangerous military plans.
1992: A new staffing study says that Youngstown City School District employs 132 more teaches, counselors, librarians and nurses than state minimum standards require.
Tim Parks of Parks Landscaping and Garden Center pays $350 for the 436-pound largest squash at the Canfield Fair. Growers were Ron and Kathy Moffett of Salem.
The Youngstown State Penguins cruise over Clarion with a 48-7 victory in the season opener for both teams at Stambaugh Stadium.
1977: The 1977 Canfield Fair is one of the most successful in its 131-year history with total attendance of 480,603.
Trumbull County’s new treasurer, Harold E. “Doc” Williams Jr. dismisses four employees : assistant cashier Marcella O’Brien, clerk Julie Sherwood, assistant cashier Sally Williams and assistant clerk Donna J. Skruck.
A Ku Klux Klan anti-busing rally in Columbus ends in violence as police clash with anti-Klan demonstrators who pelted Klansmen with eggs and outshouted the speakers. Dale Reusch, imperial wizard of the Ohio Klan, also attempted to have an anti-busing rally on Independence Day.
1967: The Youngstown Board of Education grants wage increases to some 1,200 public school teachers, setting a basic starting salary of $5,800.
Charles B. Cushwa Jr., a member of the Youngstown Board of Education, submits his resignation, citing the pressures of business as president and chairman of the board of Commercial Shearing & Stamping Co.
Mill Creek Park officials are advised to provide city water at park fountains because well and lake pollution cannot be resolved at present.
1942: Charles Owsley, local architect, will survey the Mahoning County Courthouse to determine the cost of revamping the building to create additional office space.
Two brothers are commissioned first lieutenants on the same day: Paul and Frederick Schellhase, sons of the Rev. and Mrs. F.J. Schellhase, East Florida Avenue, Youngstown.