Today is Sunday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2018. There are 99 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1780: British spy John Andre is captured along with papers revealing Benedict Arnold’s plot to surrender West Point to the British.

1806: The Lewis and Clark expedition returns to St. Louis more than two years after setting out for the Pacific Northwest.

1889: Nintendo is founded in Kyoto, Japan, as a playing card company.

1846: Neptune is identified as a planet by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle.

1926: Gene Tunney scores a 10-round decision over Jack Dempsey to win the world heavyweight boxing title in Philadelphia.

1952: Sen. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., salvages his vice-presidential nomination by appearing on television from Los Angeles to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising in what became known as the “Checkers” speech.

1955: A jury in Sumner, Miss., acquits two white men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, of murdering black teenager Emmett Till. (The two men later admitted to the crime in an interview with Look magazine.)

1957: Nine black students who’d entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas are forced to withdraw because of a white mob outside.

1962: “The Jetsons,” an animated cartoon series about a Space Age family, premieres as the ABC television network’s first program in color.

1987: Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., withdraws from the Democratic presidential race after questions about his use of borrowed quotations and the portrayal of his academic record.

1999: The Mars Climate Orbiter apparently burns up as it attempts to go into orbit around the Red Planet.

2001: President George W. Bush returns the American flag to full staff at Camp David, symbolically ending a period of national mourning after the 9/11 attacks.

2002: Governor Gray Davis signs a law making California the first state to offer workers paid family leave.

2013: Facing possible firing, Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the agency’s tea party scandal, retires.

2017: Large amounts of federal aid begins moving into Puerto Rico to help communities still without fresh water, fuel, electricity or phone service in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.


1993:Local reaction is mixed to President Bill Clinton’s health care reform proposal that would provide health care for all with the government subsidizing the cost for small businesses and low-income workers.

Youngstown City Council extends Warner Cable Co.’s franchise providing service to 22,000 subscribers for another year.

Records that might resolve long-standing violations of state auditing laws are missing from village hall in Poland.

1978: A former Howland Township man is among eight crewman who died in the midair explosion of a Navy patrol plane over Portland, Maine. Killed was Machinist Mate Chief Larry R. Miller, who joined the Navy shortly after graduating from Howland High School.

Mayor J. Phillip Richley and backers of ICX Aviation Inc. say they intend to proceed with construction of a $150 million aircraft assembly plant at Youngstown Municipal Airport.

The Youngstown Maennerchor celebrates its 115th anniversary with a concert and picnic.

1968: Gov. James Rhodes is the main speaker at the dedication of the $5 million Engineering Science Building at Youngstown State University. Rhodes says 50 percent of Ohio’s youths go to college.

The Mahoning County Welfare Department is seeking offers that would provide between 8,000 and 9,000 square feet of office space in the downtown Youngstown area.

The headquarters of Penn Central Railroad’s restructured Valley division is being transferred from Cleveland to Youngstown.

1943: The ninth infantile paralysis patient, William Duritza, 14, of 2435 Cooper St., is being treated at South Side Hospital,

Cecil Brown, a Warren native who once worked for The Vindicator, resigns from the Columbia Broadcasting System in protest of the radio network’s policy of “non-opinionated news.” Brown was criticized for “defeatist talk” after an on-air assertion that “a good deal of enthusiasm for this war is evaporating into thin air.”

Youngstown Mayor William Spagnola instructs the police prosecutor’s office to “bear down hard” on “bug” writers and operators arrested in the city.

Malkoff’s Super Market, Oak Street, has sweet potatoes, 4 pounds for 23 cents; 100-lb. sack of white potatoes, $2.25; 12-quart basket of concord grapes, $1; and apples, 4 pounds for 25 cents.