Today is Sunday, Sept. 7, the 250th day of 2003. There are 115 days left in the year. On this date



Today is Sunday, Sept. 7, the 250th day of 2003. There are 115 days left in the year. On this date in 1963, the National Professional Football Hall of Fame is dedicated in Canton, Ohio.
In 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution, bids farewell to President John Quincy Adams at the White House. In 1901, the Peace of Beijing ends the Boxer Rebellion in China. In 1936, rock legend Buddy Holly is born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas. In 1940, Nazi Germany begins its initial "blitz" on London during World War II. In 1969, Senate Republican leader Everett M. Dirksen dies in Washington, D.C. In 1977, the Panama Canal treaties, calling for the United States to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama, are signed in Washington. In 1977, convicted Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy is released from prison after more than four years. In 1986, Desmond Tutu is installed as the first black leader of the Anglican Church in southern Africa. In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur is shot on the Las Vegas Strip; he dies six days later. In 1997, Mobutu Sese Seko, the former dictator of Zaire, dies in exile.
September 7, 1978: Ronald Carabbia, 49, reputed leader of organized crime in Greater Youngstown, is sentenced to life in prison doe the bombing death of Cleveland mobster Daniel J. Greene.
Site preparation begins for the South Side Hospital parking garage that will accommodate 435 cars on five levels and cost $1.5 million. Visitors and employees will be charged to park in the new garage.
Cortland fire officials believe a spark from a welder's torch triggered an explosion and sparked a fire that destroyed three buildings of Jacobson Recreational Vehicles Co.
September 7, 1963: Youngstown Mayor Harry Savasten vetoes a general vote in November on a proposed charter amendment to establish new city departments to oversee civil rights and human relations.
The Youngstown Transit Co. shows earnings of $2,168 in July, a marked improvement over the same month in 1962.
Niles Schools Supt. J. Roger Howe and architect James Olsavsky are preparing a proposal to expand the stadium, incorporating classrooms into the structure, which would relieve overcrowding as McKinley High school and be more economical than an addition to the high school.
September 7, 1953: The end of "operation Big Switch," the exchange of Korean War prisoners brought joy to 12 Youngstown district families, but sorrow and despair. The fate of 24 district soldiers listed as missing in action may never be known.
Flasher barricades are being stolen from Youngstown sidewalk repair jobs at an alarming rate, says M.L. Cutrone, manager of the Youngstown office of Flash Industries of Cleveland. In less than a month, 73 of the 429 barriers with flashing lights have been taken. Losses in Cleveland were less than 1 percent.
September 7, 1928: Delinquent taxpayers owe Youngstown $590,000 in regular taxes and $250,000 in special assessments, says Atty. David Shermer, who with Atty. J. Nelson Whiteside has been engaged as special counsel to collect back taxes.
Thousands of people flock from Youngstown and surrounding communities to Lansdowne Field for the mammoth Aid Day marking the resumption of air mail service to Youngstown. The Goodyear dirigible proves to be the main attraction.
Youngstown voters will decide in November whether they want city councilmen to become full-time councilmen at a pay of $3,000 a year, or continue as part-time workers at $600 a year.
M.E. Headley of Warren, the pilot of the Packard Electric Co.'s big Stinson-Detroiter plane, is killed in a crash during takeoff at Rockford, Ill. The plane's motor failed when the ship was only 200 feet in the air. Headley, a flying lieutenant in the World War, threw the plane into a glide, but it hit an electric wire and toppled into the Rock River. Four passengers, all Illinois men, were injured.

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