Today is Wednesday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2018. There are 110 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1846: Elizabeth Barrett secretly marries Robert Browning at St. Marylebone Church in London.

1914: During World War I, the First Battle of the Marne ends in an Allied victory against Germany.

1942: During World War II, a German U-boat off West Africa torpedoes the RMS Laconia, which was carrying Italian prisoners of war, British soldiers and civilians; it’s estimated more than 1,600 people died while some 1,100 survived after the ship sank.

1960: Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addresses questions about his Roman Catholic faith, telling the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, “I do not speak for my church on public matters, and the church does not speak for me.”

1992: The space shuttle Endeavour blasts off, carrying with it Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space; Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space; and Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese national to fly on a U.S. spaceship.


1993: Mahoning County Auditor George Tablack says property values in most of Milton Township have increased because a refilled Lake Milton has made the area more attractive to buyers.

Mahoning Valley business leaders favor the North American Free Trade Agreement and labor leaders oppose it, but both agree that the pact will bring dramatic changes in the marketplace and workplace.

Warren Township officials are attempting to close the Top Hatters Club at 1956 Main Street citing 100 disturbance calls at the 55-year-old club since 1989.

1978: Youngstown and eight other Ohio cities are named as defendants in a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, charging the cities with interfering with its members’ solicitation of funds or handing out literature.

The Visiting Nurses Association, which has acted as the Youngstown Board of Health’s public nursing service since 1938, will end that role Oct. 15 because it can no longer absorb the deficits attributable to the city’s underpayment.

The State Controlling Board releases $2 million to Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital for clinical teaching facilities to be used by Ohio University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

1968: The auditorium of the Warner Theater building will be razed for a parking lot, the Binama Co. announces after completing purchase. The section facing West Federal Street will be left standing.

Eighty out of 123 original candidates take a written test at South High School to qualify for appointment as policemen. Of the 123, 30 earlier failed aptitude or physical tests.

Fitness-at-Lunch, a program designed for the man in a hurry, will open at the Memorial Building in Salem with Dennis Coble, program director of the Salem Parks & Recreation Department, in charge.

1943:Mahoning County residents purchase $1.9 million worth of bonds on the second day of the Third War Bond Drive that has a quota of $16 million, which is double the daily quota.

Three sons of Mrs. Anna Blasko of Willis Avenue, Youngstown, are in the service. Petty Officer Andrew Blasko and Seaman John Blasko are in the Navy, and Army Pvt. Michael Blasko is in Sicily.

Female workers in war plants have more than doubled in the past 15 months in the Youngstown area. There likely will be more than 4,000 hired in the next four months.

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