Today is Monday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2018. There are 119 days left in the year. This is Labor


Today is Monday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2018. There are 119 days left in the year. This is Labor Day.

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On this date in:

1939: Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declare war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland.

1609: English explorer Henry Hudson and his crew aboard the Half Moon enter present-day New York Harbor and begin sailing up the river that now bears his name.

1783: Representatives of the United States and Britain sign the Treaty of Paris, which officially ends the Revolutionary War.

1943:Allied forces invade Italy during World War II, the same day Italian officials sign a secret armistice with the Allies.

1970: Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, 57, dies in Washington, D.C.

1978: Pope John Paul I is installed as the 264th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

1995: The online auction site eBay is founded in San Jose, Calif., by Pierre Omidyar under the name “AuctionWeb.”

1999: A French judge closes a two-year inquiry into the car crash that killed Princess Diana, dismissing all charges against nine photographers and a press motorcyclist, and concluding the accident was caused by an inebriated driver.

2013: Ariel Castro, who’d held three women captive in his Cleveland home for nearly a decade before one escaped and alerted authorities, is found hanged in his prison cell.

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1993: The Youngstown State University Penguins open their football season on the road with a 17-13 come-from-behind win over Western Michigan.

TCI Cablevision of Ohio notifies its Trumbull County customers that unless a new agreement on fees can be reached, the service will stop broadcasting Youngstown’s three major network stations, WFMJ (NBC), WKBN (CBS) and WYTV (ABC).

Gov. George Voinovich says he’s still committed to help making a state office building a reality at the former Higbee department store building in downtown Youngstown.

1978: The Moore and Moore Lumber Co. on Youngstown’s South Side is destroyed by a three-alarm fire, the second fire at the Florida Avenue site in three months.

Some 14,000 people jam the grandstand at the Canfield Fairgrounds for two performances by Bob Hope, who joked about everything from sex to politics and brought down the house with his version of “Thanks for the Memories.”

A study by the Automobile Information Council finds that 1 in 4 Ohio jobs is directly or indirectly tied to the automobile industry. It is perhaps the Youngstown district’s largest employer.

1968: All attendance records are broken at the 122nd Canfield Fair, which closed with 403,572 people through the gates, an increase of 28,228 over 1967, which also was a record year.

Salary increases of $450 and a hospitalization program are approved by 800 Youngstown public school teachers, and they are expected to be at their desks when school opens.

1943: Mahoning County’s 97th annual Canfield Fair is off to a running start with the largest crowd that has ever attended a preview jamming the grounds.

Nearly 80 priests and monsignori attend a funeral mass at St. Mary’s Church in Conneaut for the Rev. Patrick Gibbon. Youngstown’s new bishop, James A. McFadden, officiated at the Mass, the first time he has done so for a priest from his diocese.

Uncle Sam Needs Your Guns is the theme of a campaign by Post 15 of the American Legion to collect old rifles, shotguns, revolvers and hunting knives for Youngstown’s Civil Defense.

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