Today is Tuesday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2017. There are 103 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1796: President George Washington’s farewell address is published.

1881: The 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, dies 21/2 months after being shot by Charles Guiteau; Chester Alan Arthur becomes president.

1915: Vaudeville performer W.C. Fields makes his movie debut as “Pool Sharks,” a one-reel silent comedy, is released.

1945: Nazi radio propagandist William Joyce, known as “Lord Haw-Haw,” is convicted of treason and sentenced to death by a British court.

1970: The “Mary Tyler Moore” show debuts on CBS-TV.

1982: The smiley emoticon is invented by Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman, who suggested punctuating humorously intended computer messages with a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis as a horizontal “smiley face.” :-)

2016: President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, meeting on the sidelines of a United Nations summit, put the Islamic State group on notice they planned to recapture the city of Mosul within months.


1992: A day after Antonio Alvarez is named president of Phar-Mor Inc., the Youngstown company announces it is closing 63 of its 309 stores.

Mahoning County Auditor George Tablack and County Prosecutor James Philomena are challenging an order by Mahoning County Common Pleas Court judges that retiring court employees be paid 50 percent of the value of their accumulated sick-leave time on retiring. County commissioners pay 25 percent.

General Motors Corp. says it is moving up a deadline to cut 20,000 white-collar jobs and will finish that phase of the company’s restructuring by the end of 1993.

1977: Jennings R. Lambeth, president of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., announces the company will concentrate its steel production at the Indian Harbor Works and will shut down a major share of its Youngstown operations.

U.S. Rep. Charles J. Carney announces $1.1 million in Economic Development Agency grants for Trumbull County, including $320,000 for a new police and court complex in Liberty Township and $300,000 for a police administration building in Howland Township.

Cleveland Browns q uarterback Brian Sipes engineers an upset of the Cincinnati Bengals, hitting 15 of 22 passes during a 13-3 win.

1967: Continuing his tour of Vietnam, The Youngstown Vindicator’s Fred Childress meets former Youngstowner Joseph J. Flynn, who is a consultant to the prime minister of Vietnam on administrative improvement.

Atty. Frank P. Anzellotti Jr., an assistant county prosecutor, is chosen Mahoning County prosecutor, by the Republican Party’s Central Committee, defeating another assistant prosecutor, William Houser, for the post vacated by Judge Clyde W. Osborne.

Nick Altiere fires a one-under-par 69 and leads his team of Joe Rudge, Al Glavan and George Strollo to victory in the Amateur-3 Members best ball tournament at Fonderlac Country Club.

1942: Four Civil War cannons on Central Square will be sold as scrap iron. Weighing about 10 tons, they are made of cast iron and not as valuable as scrap as high-carbon steel.

District high school football gets underway with Woodrow Wilson’s 14-7 victory over Rayen. Both teams are expected to be among the district’s strongest.

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