Years Ago

Today is Monday, Sept. 7, the 250th day of 2009. There are 115 days left in the year. This is Labor Day. On this date in 1940, Nazi Germany begins its eight-month blitz of Britain during World War II with the first air attack on London.

In 1533, England’s Queen Elizabeth I is born in Greenwich. 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 1927, American television pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth, 21, succeeds in transmitting the image of a line through purely electronic means with a device called an “image dissector.” In 1969, Senate Republican leader Everett M. Dirksen dies at age 73. In 1977, the Panama Canal treaties, calling for the U.S. to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama, are signed in Washington by President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos. In 1979, cable TV’s Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut.

September 7, 1984: The New Castle Board of Education officially cuts off pay and fringe benefits for the district’s striking teachers.

Warren Mayor Daniel Sferra is given a list of 17 city employees alleged to be in violation of the city’s residency requirement, including Daniel DeSantis, executive director of the Warren Redevelopment and Planning Corp. DeSantis, however, says he is an employee of WRAP, not the city.

September 7, 1969: Plagued by what promises to become one of the worst peacetime labor shortages in generations, Youngstown area industrial plants are looking for a partial solution by digging deeper into the pool of “hard core unemployed.” Some plants also consider hiring women workers for what have traditionally been men’s jobs, as they did during World War II.

Youngstown city school enrollment is expected to be at 26,000, about 900 below enrollment of a year earlier.

September 7, 1959: The Canfield Fair is on track to pass the 150,000 attendance mark, with 35,000 expected on Labor Day before the gates close.

Michigan State Police Superintendent Howard Seller says ex-convict Alvin Knight is being grilled on the disappearance of Trooper Albert Souden and is expected to “crack” soon.

Members of the choir at Old North Baptist Church in Canfield wear their work clothes during a Sunday-before-Labor Day service.

September 7, 1934: The president of Central Airlines says that if Youngstown were to build a suitable airfield, the city would be put back on an air mail route between Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit.

Youngstowners see their first downtown circus parade in nine years as the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus marches over West Federal Street and Wick Avenue to the Madison Avenue circus grounds. Elephants, horseback riders and caged tigers and lions are included in the spectacle.