Today is Saturday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2017. There are 99 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1806: The Lewis and Clark expedition returns to St. Louis more than two years after setting out for the Pacific Northwest.

1846: Neptune is identified as a planet by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle.

1952: Sen. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., salvages his vice-presidential nomination by appearing on television from Los Angeles to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising in what would become known as the “Checkers” speech.

1955: A jury in Sumner, Miss., acquits two white men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, of murdering black teenager Emmett Till. (The two men later admitted the crime in an interview with Look magazine for which they were paid $4,000.)

1957: Nine black students who’d entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas are forced to withdraw because of a white mob outside.

1987: Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., withdraws from the Democratic presidential race following questions about his use of borrowed quotations and the portrayal of his academic record.


1992: Springfield Local Schools reopen after two weeks with substitute teachers brought by vans through picket lines set up by striking members of the Springfield Local Classroom Teachers Association.

The Youngstown Board of Education votes 5-2 to give Superintendent Alfred Tutela authority to explore ways of saving money and improving education through new working relationships with the Mahoning County Joint Vocational School and Youngstown State University.

Richard Le Fauve, president of Saturn Corp. who began his GM career at Packard Electric, returns to Warren as a speaker at the Trumbull County Town Hall Celebrity Series. He says Saturn will continue to rely on parts from the fabricating plant at Lordstown, despite production shutdowns caused by a strike at Lordstown.

1977: Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. begins phasing out Youngstown district operations, blowing out two blast furnaces and shutting down three open hearths, affecting the first 900 of 5,000 workers who will lose their jobs.

Five busloads of steelworkers head for Washington, D.C., carrying petitions signed by 110,000 people calling for the federal government to restrict imports and aid the domestic- steel industry.

General Extrusions Inc., manufacturer of the first industrial solar heating system east of the Mississippi, puts its General Solar System on display at an open house at its Lake Park Road plant.

1967: The Federal Aviation Administration allocated $55,750 to urgently needed resurfacing of the main runway at Youngstown Municipal Airport.

Mayor Anthony B. Flask proclaims “McGuffey Day” to mark the 167th birthday of educator William Holmes McGuffey, who spent his boyhood in Coitsville.

Tom Klimko returns the opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown as Minerva tops Lisbon 32-0 in the Tri-County League opener.

1942: The transportation committee of Mahoning County Civilian Defense prints 50,000 fliers encouraging workers to participate in the share-a-ride program.

Mahoning Valley industrialists suggest that the federal government take over relocating two highways that will be covered with water when the Berlin Reservoir fills.

Repaving of Wick Avenue between Spring Street and Lincoln Avenue is begun by the WPA program. Rail-removal crews complete work on Market Street and begin lifting rails on Warren Avenue.

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