Today is Thursday, Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2017. There are 108 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1814: Francis Scott Key is inspired to write the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” (later “The Star-Spangled Banner”) after witnessing the American flag flying over the Maryland fort following a night of British naval bombardment during the War of 1812.

1861: The first naval engagement of the Civil War takes place as the USS Colorado attacks and sinks the Confederate private schooner Judah off Pensacola, Fla.

1901: President William McKinley of Niles dies in Buffalo, N.Y., of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeds him.

1927: Modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan dies in Nice, France, when her scarf becomes entangled in a wheel of the sports car she is riding in.

1982: Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly, dies at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before.

1986: President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, appear together on radio and television to appeal for a “national crusade” against drug abuse.

2016: Tyre King, a 13-year-old boy, is fatally shot by Columbus, Ohio, police after authorities say he pulled a BB gun from his pants.


1992: The Youngstown Board of Education is poised to authorize Superintendent Alfred Tutela to pursue a merger between Choffin Career Center and the Mahoning County Joint Vocational School.

After winning a five-minute shopping spree contest sponsored by the Austintown Lions Club, Donna Yoho manages to fill her shopping cart with $619 worth of groceries at the Austintown Giant Eagle.

The Youngstown State University Penguins roll to their second victory of the season, beating Delaware State 42-20 behind the running of Tamron Smith and in front of 11,921 hometown fans.

1977: White House officials tell Trumbull County Commissioner Lyle Williams that they are optimistic about the Carter administration conducting a local forum on the troubled steel industry.

Developer Richard Mills wants to build a 400-seat theater to show first-run films in downtown Youngstown. It would be named the Plaza Palace.

The American steel industry is pampered and inefficient and must be made more competitive and innovative, says consumer advocate Ralph Nader.

1967: Two more people, a 33-year-old Youngstown man and 29-year-old woman, are arrested in connection with a robbery at the rectory of St. Patrick Church in Leetonia that turned into a gun battle between the priest and robbers.

Dr. Robert P. Shreve, supervisor of Mahoning County secondary schools, tells the Youngstown Rotary Club that the county needs a vocational school because high schools are preparing students for college, but most won’t be going.

Michigan Gov. and Mrs. George Romney open a 14-city tour with a stop at the Mahoning County Vocational School at the Youngstown Municipal Airport, a residential “second chance” school operated by the Job Corps program.

1942: Girard holds a victory parade with Angeline Sabine as victory queen. The Boys Band of Girard Post 419, Veterans of Foreign Wars, lead the parade.

About 1,000 people watch as 300 Eastern Ohio fliers – recreational fliers preparing in case of a call to war – using 55 planes, demonstrate at Youngstown Airport they are ready for the job.

The Army-Navy “E,” the nation’s top production honor, will be awarded to the Packard Electric Corp. of General Motors.

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