Today is Thursday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2018. There are 116 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1901: President William McKinley, who was born in Niles, is shot and mortally wounded by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. (McKinley died eight days later; Czolgosz was executed Oct. 29.)
1909: American explorer Robert Peary sends a telegram from Indian Harbor, Labrador, announcing that he had reached the North Pole five months earlier.
1970: Palestinian guerrillas seize control of three U.S.-bound jetliners.
1985: All 31 people aboard a Midwest Express Airlines DC-9 are killed when the Atlanta-bound jetliner crashed just after takeoff from Milwaukee’s Mitchell Field.
1997: A public funeral takes place for Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in London, six days after her death in a car crash in Paris.
1997: Weeping masses gather in Calcutta, India, to pay homage to Mother Teresa, who had died the day before at age 87.
2002: Meeting outside Washington, D.C., for only the second time since 1800, Congress convenes in New York to pay homage to the victims and heroes of September 11.
2006: President George W. Bush acknowledges for the first time that the CIA is running secret prisons overseas and said tough interrogation had forced terrorist leaders to reveal plots to attack the United States and its allies.
1993: Country star Dolly Parton plays to a sold-out grandstand crowd at the Canfield Fair, but Bob Rose, fair director in charge of special attractions, says the fair will just break even because Miss Parton and her opening act were paid more than $100,000.
Jack Thomas retires after 35 years at the Catholic Service League, 34 of them as its director.
Emmy-award winning television producer Barbara Gordon, author of “I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can,” will be the featured speaker during Salem Community Hospital’s “How Women Can Get Control Over Their Lives.”
1978: A platoon of skeptical detectives, including four from Beaver Township and Mahoning County, descend on Nashville to test the veracity of Kenneth Taylor’s claim that he has murdered 17 men and women in three states.
Frank M. Clark, former Democratic representative of Pennsylvania’s 25th District, which includes Lawrence, Beaver and Butler counties, is indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of arranging congressional paychecks for two people who maintained his Lawrence County home and 11 other people who staffed his campaign.
Playing at the Brothers Lounge at the Sheraton Inn-Shenango: Brook Benton, whose hit recordings include “Rainy Night in Georgia” and “The Boll Weevil Song,” which sold nearly 4 million copies.
1968: Mrs. Bettie Krause of Howland Township receives the “Shepherd of the Hills” award from Col. T.C. Sizemore, Booneville, Ky., publisher, in recognition of her efforts to collect food and clothing in the Mahoning Valley and deliver it to impoverished communities in Appalachia.
The question “Should Green Local and North Lima Local school districts be consolidated” will be answered by voters in the November election.
Freemasons from a wide area gather at Hanoverton for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Sandy Valley Lodge 408, F&AM.
1943: Farmer Elmer Dinsmore, 35, of New Wilmington, Pa., is killed instantly and three others are stunned when lightning strikes a tree under which they sought shelter on the farm of George Kendall on Glenn Road, 8 miles north of New Castle, Pa.
This wartime Labor Day weekend promises to be one of the safest and sanest in decades in Youngstown and Mahoning County with no traffic deaths and only three people injured in auto accidents.
Phi Lambda Delta Sorority of Youngstown College will open the new season with a box lunch at Crandall Park. Ruth Saunders is chairwoman, assisted by Betty Morrison and Mrs. Rose D’Orazio.