Today is Sunday, Sept. 2, the 245th day of 2018. There are 120 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1864: During the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s forces occupy Atlanta.

1930: The first nonstop airplane flight from Europe to the U.S. is completed in 37 hours as Capt. Dieudonne Costes and Maurice Bellonte of France arrive in Valley Stream, N.Y., aboard their Breguet 19 biplane, which bears the symbol of a large question mark.

1935: A Labor Day hurricane slams into the Florida Keys, claiming more than 400 lives.

1944: During World War II, Navy pilot Lt. George Herbert Walker Bush is shot down by Japanese forces as he completes a bombing run over the Bonin Islands. (Bush was rescued by the crew of the submarine USS Finback; his two crew members, however, died.)

1945: Japan formally surrenders in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.

1960: Wilma Rudolph of the United States wins the first of her three gold medals at the Rome Summer Olympics as she finishes the 100-meter dash in 11 seconds.

1963: Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace prevents the integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers.

“The CBS Evening News” with Walter Cronkite is lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes, becoming network television’s first half-hour nightly newscast.

1969: In what some regard as the birth of the internet, two connected computers at the University of California, Los Angeles, pass test data through a 15-foot cable.

The first automatic teller machine to use magnetic-striped cards is opened to the public at Chemical Bank in New York. (Called a “Docuteller,” it was developed by Donald C. Wetzel.)

1996: Muslim rebels and the Philippine government sign a pact formally ending a 26-year insurgency that kill more than 120,000 people.

1998: A Swissair MD-11 jetliner crashes off Nova Scotia, killing 229 people.

2004: President George W. Bush pledges “a safer world and a more hopeful America” as he accepts his party’s nomination for a second term at the Republican National Convention in New York.


1993: America’s favorite weatherman, Willard Scott from NBC’s “Today” show, returns to the Canfield Fair.

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approves the elimination of 350 jobs, a move designed to save almost $2 million in response to declining enrollment.

A man testifying at his trial on aggravated menacing charges, tells Youngstown Municipal Judge Andrew Polovischak that he had been allowed to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana while in the City Jail. Police Chief Randall Wellington responds: “Anybody can make ridiculous allegations.”

1978: Mahoning County Probate Court Judge Charles P. Henderson welcomes 37 men and women from 14 countries into U.S. citizenship. The largest number, six, were from Jordan, followed by four each from Italy and Yugoslavia.

Beaver Township Fire Chief Ray Brooke and First Capt. Pete Wellman take delivery of the township’s new $95,000 fire truck, an FMC 1,000- gallon pumper.

Bishop James W. Malone names the Rev. Ronald Klinger pastor of St. Luke Parish in Boardman and the Rev. George Blaskoas as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Mantua.

1968: Labor Day 1968 reveals a good long-range outlook for Youngstown district business firms and its 100,000 industrial workers. Savings are reported at an all-time high.

The Rt. Rev. Msgr. J. Paul O’Connor, chancellor of the Diocese of Youngstown, holds the first ecumenical service in the history of the Canfield Fair, attended by 700 people.

1943: Youngstowners are told the Post Office will begin accepting Christmas packages for servicemen in 12 days and that there are only 30 days to get packages in the mail. Packages should be marked “Christmas Parcel” to get expedited handling.

The U.S. government has set aside nearly $200,000 to train nurses at Youngstown hospitals. Allocations include about $120,000 for North Side and South Side units and more than $75,000 for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

Five delegates from the Youngstown Chapter of the Ohio Welfare Association of the Sightless will attend a convention in Canton. They are: Mrs. Mary Ryan, Mrs. Jennie Crestoh, Miss Margaret Webber, Miss Catherine Brennan and Miss Mary Kennedy.

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