Today is Thursday, Sept. 16, the 260th day of 2004. There are 106 days left in the year. On this

Today is Thursday, Sept. 16, the 260th day of 2004. There are 106 days left in the year. On this date in 1919, the American Legion is incorporated by an act of Congress.
In 1893, hundreds of thousands of settlers swarm onto a section of land in Oklahoma known as the "Cherokee Strip." In 1940, President Roosevelt signs into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which sets up the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history. In 1940, Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas is elected speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1953, "The Robe," the first movie presented in the widescreen process CinemaScope, has its world premiere at the Roxy Theater in New York. In 1966, the Metropolitan Opera opens its new opera house at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In 1974, President Ford announces a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam war deserters and draft-evaders. In 1977, Maria Callas, the American-born prima donna famed for her lyric soprano and fiery temperament, dies in Paris at age 53.
September 16, 1979: The Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corp.'s $700 million draft economic development strategy for the Valley is attracting a growing number of advocates among local planners, economists and religious and community leaders.
Data from Medicare show that the first office visit to a doctor in Youngstown costs more than in most other parts of Ohio, while psychotherapy, radical mastectomies and hernia operations are generally cheaper.
The nation's steel industry, troubled with complex problems including energy shortages and a looming recession, is renewing its demand, just as it did before World War II, that the nation clamp down on its exports of that vital steelmaking ingredient, scrap.
September 16, 1964: Cleveland police interrupt a performance by the Beatles after young fans begin to rush the stage. During a 15-minute intermission, a police officer told the crowd they could scream all they wanted, but they had to remain in their seats. The show resumed and was completed without further incident.
John McCarthy of 39 LaBelle Ave. is installed as commander of American Legion Post 15.
September 16, 1954: "Youngstown is open for the bug and other gambling, and I want it closed," Mahoning County Democratic Chairman Jack Sulligan tells Mayor Frank X. Kryzan. Sulligan says the party can't afford the expense of an open town; Kryzan says he has no comment.
A Pittsburgh architect pronounces St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown a total loss and recommends immediate demolition, noting that the floor is in danger of imminent collapse.
A researcher at the Mellon Institute in Pittsburgh says the tiny particles that were responsible for the smog deaths of 20 people in Donora, Pa., in 1948 and more than 2,000 people in London in 1952 have been identified as zinc ammonium sulfate, which can be found in coal smoke.
September 16, 1929: The Chamber of Commerce's special tax committee says Youngstown's 1930 budget of $4.9 million should be trimmed by $200,000
College professors, especially those who live in small communities, tend to live longer than most men, a study by the Carnegie Foundation finds. The study also finds that the professors have average salaries of $3,700 a years.
Three bandits hold up a filling station at 2304 Logan Ave. and rob the attendant, W.H. Vaughn, of $100.

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