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On this date in:

1608: John Smith is elected president of the James-town colony council in Virginia.

1813: An American naval force commanded by Oliver H. Perry defeats the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. (Afterward, Perry sent the message, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.”)

1846: Elias Howe receives a patent for his sewing machine.

1919: New York City welcomes home Gen. John J. Pershing and 25,000 soldiers who’d served in the U.S. First Division during World War I.

1935: Sen. Huey P. Long dies in Baton Rouge two days after being shot in the Louisiana state Capitol, allegedly by Dr. Carl Weiss.

1939: Canada declares war on Germany.

1945: Vidkun Quisling is sentenced to death in Norway for collaborating with the Nazis (he was executed by firing squad in October 1945).

1955: The Western series “Gunsmoke,” starring James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon, begins a 20-season run on CBS-TV.

1963: Twenty black students enter Alabama public schools after a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace.

1977: Convicted murderer Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian immigrant, becomes the last person to date to be executed by the guillotine in France.

1979: Four Puerto Rican nationalists imprisoned for a 1954 attack on the U.S. House of Representatives and a 1950 attempt on the life of President Harry S. Truman are freed from prison after being granted clemency by President Jimmy Carter.

1987: Pope John Paul II arrives in Miami, where he is welcomed by President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan as he begins a 10-day tour of the United States.

1991: The Senate Judiciary Committee opens hearings on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court.

2007: Gen. David Petraeus, the top American commander in Iraq, tells Congress he envisions the withdrawal of roughly 30,000 U.S. troops by the summer of 2008, saying the surge in U.S. troops has met its military objectives “in large measure.”

Academy Award-winning actress Jane Wyman, 90, dies in Palm Springs, Calif.

2012: An airstrike kills al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader in Yemen along with six others traveling with him in a breakthrough for U.S.-backed efforts to cripple the terror network’s operations in the impoverished Arab nation.

Chicago teachers begin a seven-day strike, idling nearly 400,000 students in the nation’s third-largest school district.

Andy Murray becomes the first British man since 1936 to capture a Grand Slam title, beating defending champion Novak Djokovic, 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 to win the U.S. Open in five grueling sets.

2016: John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, is released from a Washington mental hospital for good.

Angelique Kerber wins her first U.S. Open title and the second Grand Slam trophy of her breakthrough season, beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.


1992: Parents and city and school officials are joining forces to patrol Girard Streets after a series of attempted child abductions in Girard and McDonald.

The Springfield Local Board of Education asks the State Employment Relations Board to rule on the legality of a strike by teachers that is entering its third day.

A study commissioned by Rep. Tony Hall, D-Ohio, chairman of the House Select Committee on Hunger, shows that hunger is growing in the United States, with about 30 million Americans malnourished.

1977: The Rev. Hugh David Anderson is ordained to the ministry at Brownlee Woods United Presbyterian Church.

Packard Electric Division of General Motors opens a plant in Brookhaven, Miss., which will employ 700.

The Ohio Consumers Counsel William A. Spratley says Ohio Edison Co. owes its 700,000 Northeast Ohio customers $63 million for inflated fuel-adjustment charges between April 1976 and May 1977.

1967: More than 400 Youngstown police and firemen refuse to return to work unless they receive immediate raises of $1,300 a year.

The Vindicator’s Fred Childress visits the 1st Air Calvary’s huge heliport at An Kne in South Vietnam, where he meets three Youngstown area servicemen, Spec. 5 Lawrence Mears, Spec. 4 Marshall Brandon and Spec. 4 Stephen C. Sewell.

Full-time student fees for Ohio residents at Youngstown University will be reduced from $540 for the academic year to $450 at Youngstown State University. Out-of-state students will pay $675 for two full semesters.

1942: A strike by workers at the Youngstown incinerator ends in a day after the workers are given a 25-cent-per-hour raise.

The city ambulance committee recommends that Youngstown buy a four-patient ambulance made by the Flexible Co.

Bing Crosby will play nine holes of golf in Youngstown with leading industrialist and 18 holes with a professional against Jack Thompson and Al Alcroft, local professionals.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt says he will put into effect nationwide gasoline rationing and drastic restrictions on civilian clothing.

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