Today is Wednesday, Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2017. There are 109 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1948: Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine is elected to the U.S. Senate. She becomes the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.

1959: Elvis Presley first meets his future wife, 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, while stationed in West Germany with the U.S. Army. (They married in 1967, but divorced in 1973.)

1962: Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett rejects the U.S. Supreme Court’s order for the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, a black student, declaring in a televised address, “We will not drink from the cup of genocide.”

1971: A four-day inmates’ rebellion at the Attica Correctional Facility in western New York ends as police and guards storm the prison. The ordeal and final assault claim the lives of 32 inmates and 11 hostages.

1997: The funeral takes place in Calcutta, India, for Nobel peace laureate Mother Teresa.

2002: The earliest known online use of the term “selfie” (a photographic self-portrait, usually taken with a smartphone) occurs on an Australian Broadcasting Corp. website forum.


1992: Deep inside a limestone mine off state Route 188 near Wampum, Pa., Environmental Resource Systems Inc. is developing a hydroponics herb and vegetable farm. The company is selling about $35,000 worth of produce a month, says company president Louis Parillo.

Youngstown Fire Chief Hector Colon says 117 of 563 runs made by private ambulance companies in the city over a 46-day period took more than 8 minutes to respond, which he finds unacceptable.

Randall Harris, chairman of Ohio State University’s Department of Preventative Medicine, says there is no doubt about a correlation between poverty and cancer, especially if poor people smoke, drink and eat high-fat foods.

1977: Eighteen-year-old Tom Dixon, a student at Youngstown State University, is appointed to Lisbon Village Council to fill out the three months remaining in the term of Larry Evans, who resigned.

A 27-year-old Texas man arrested by Liberty police on charges of using a stolen credit card is wanted in five states on a variety of charges.

A Poland boy, 16, and two Boardman boys, 14 and 15, are turned over to juvenile authorities for a burglary at the Montgomery-Ward store in which $1,000 in guns, cameras and knives were taken. Police say one of the parents alerted police.

1967: Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Sidney J. Rigelhaupt issues an injunction barring striking independent truckers from picketing Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. and U.S. Steel Corp. plants.

C.M. Johnson, who retired as superintendent of Canfield schools effective Sept. 1, dies of a heart attack while on a camping trip to Maine.

The Post Office reports that 29 sacks of mail fell from the open door of an airplane somewhere between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. Searches near the airports turned up nothing, and helicopters will be used to search the entire 200-mile route.

1942: Downtown Youngstown stores will begin staying open until 9 p.m. Mondays. The rest of the week stores will open at 10 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m.

Youngstown’s school children will be mobilized to aid the war-production effort by collecting scrap metal and rubber missed in previous drives.

City police and county dog warden Andrew Pecchio are seeking a young man who was bitten by a mad dog while riding his bike near Park and Belmont avenues. He needs lifesaving rabies serum immediately.

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