Today is Sunday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2018. There are 113 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1543: Mary Stuart is crowned Queen of Scots at Stirling Castle, nine months after she was born.
1776: The second Continental Congress makes the term “United States” official, replacing “United Colonies.”
1841: The Great Lakes steamer “Erie” sinks off Silver Creek, N.Y., killing 300.
1850: California is admitted as the 31st state of the union.
1919: Some 1,100 members of Boston’s 1,500-man police force go on strike. (The strike was broken by Massachusetts Gov. Calvin Coolidge with replacement officers.)
1942: During World War II, a Japanese plane launcheD from a submarine off the Oregon coast drops a pair of incendiary bombs in a failed attempt at igniting a massive forest fire; it is the first aerial bombing of the U.S. mainland by a foreign power.
1948: The People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) is declared.
1956: Elvis Presley makes the first of three appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
1957: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the first civil-rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction, a measure primarily concerned with protecting voting rights but that also establishes the Civil Rights Division in the U.S. Department of Justice.
1971: Prisoners seize control of the maximum- security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, N.Y., beginning a siege that ended up claiming 43 lives.
1976: Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong dies in Beijing at age 82.
JVC unveils its new VHS videocassette recorder during a presentation in Tokyo.
1986: Frank Reed, director of a private school in Lebanon, is taken hostage; he would be released 44 months later.
1991: Boxer Mike Tyson is indicted in Indianapolis on a charge of raping Desiree Washington, a beauty pageant contestant. (Tyson was convicted and ended up serving three years of a six-year prison sentence.)
1997: Sinn Fein, the IRA’s political ally, formally renounces violence as it takes its place in talks on Northern Ireland’s future.
Actor Burgess Meredith dies in Malibu, Calif., at age 89. VINDICATOR FILES
1993: The owners of the Just Country Shoppe on South Avenue in North Lima are caring for a lamb that showed up on their doorstep. They suspect it escaped from a truck or walked 9 miles from the Canfield Fairgrounds.
The Ohio Lottery Commission votes to remove a $26 million cap on Super Lotto jackpots. The limit was instituted after a $50 million jackpot was awarded in January 1991, the highest payout in Ohio Lotto history.
Poet and painter Lawrence Ferlinghetti will be honored at a reception Sept. 29 at the Butler Institute of American Art. An exhibition of his paintings will run until Nov. 21.
1978: A storage tank explodes at the Girard Machine Co., 700 Dot St., killing Jon Chuirazzi, 25, the son of one of the plant’s owners.
A former Boardman man who claims responsibility for 17 murders in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, is ordered hospitalized for psychiatric examination by a Nashville judge.
Sharon Steel Corp. reaffirms its faith in the area steel district by committing $4 million for a new hot-strip downcoiler at its 60-inch hot strip mill in Farrell, Pa.
1968: A shotgun-wielding robber escapes with $61 from Albert Zlenka, an attendant at the often-robbed Rocket Service Station, 215 Oak Hill Ave. Zlenka reached for a pistol in his waistband, but the robber warned him, “Don’t do it or I’ll kill you.”
Youngstown Patrolmen Thomas Halko, 29, and James W. Amrich, 26, are treated at South Side Hospital for injuries suffered when their cruiser was struck by a Youngstown Transit Co. bus at Glenwood and Judson Avenues.
The mystery of the foam in the fountain on Lisbon Square has been solved. It was first thought that pranksters were at fault, but the mayor tells police that the street commission had soap put in the fountain to clean it out.
1943: Superintendent of Schools George A. Bowman tells the Youngstown Board of Education that the average absences for city school teachers during the 1941-42 school year was 11/2 days.
Canfield High School’s football team will have six returning veterans, all linemen: Louis Speece, Doyle Young, Charles Hoffman, James Nelson, Bill Fink and Edwin Tydings.
Musicians of the Youngs-town district who wish to be members of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra must plan to try out before conductor Michael Fiocelli.