Today is Friday, March 19, the 79th day of 2004. There are 287 days left in the year. This is the



Today is Friday, March 19, the 79th day of 2004. There are 287 days left in the year. This is the date the swallows traditionally return to the San Juan Capistrano Mission in California.
One year ago, President Bush orders the start of war against Iraq. (Because of the time difference, it is early March 20 in Iraq; U.S. forces bombard Baghdad with cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs aimed at Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi leaders.)
In 1917, the Supreme Court upholds the eight-hour work day for railroads. In 1918, Congress approves daylight-saving time. In 1931, Nevada legalizes gambling. In 1945, about 800 people are killed as kamikaze planes attack the U.S. carrier Franklin off Japan; the ship, however, is saved. In 1945, Adolf Hitler issues his "Nero Decree," ordering the destruction of German facilities that could fall into Allied hands. In 1951, Herman Wouk's war novel "The Caine Mutiny" is published.
March 19, 1979: Joseph Dohar, a Cardinal Mooney High School senior, wins the original oratory championship at the Ohio High School Speech League tournament at Dayton.
A Sikorsky helicopter lifts the 250-pound letters for a new 8-foot tall lighted sign atop the Mahoning National Bank Building in downtown Youngstown.
Robert D. Parks, 34, of Youngstown is charged with two counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted murder in the 1977 wounding of a Girard doctor and the killing of the doctor's wife and a nurse.
March 19, 1964: Chevrolet automobiles are expected to roll out of a new $40 million General Motors Assembly Plant in time for the 1967 model year. Between now and then, the Warren-Youngstown area will undergo the biggest single shot-in-the-arm in its history.
The U.S. Steel Corp. is joining National Distillers and Chemical Corp. in the exotic metals business in Niles and Ashtabula. Reactive Metals Inc. will be an equally owned company specializing in titanium, zirconium and hafnium.
Ohio public schools will be given an additional $9 million by the state to cover anticipated deficiencies for the next 18 months.
March 19, 1954: Municipal Judge Robert B. Nevin says he is beginning an all-out effort to break up a traffic "fix" system that he says is being conducted by Municipal Judge Frank R. Franko. Nevin compiled figures showing Franko had suspended fines and costs for 100 tickets since taking office during less than three months on the bench.
Campbell councilmen Wilbert McIntosh and Rocco Mico criticize Solicitor Paul R. VanSuch for overstating the level of gambling and vice that exists in the city while ignoring the operation of commercial bingo games. VanSuch challenges the councilmen to name to bingo operators and says he will prosecute them.
James S. Gregg, Salem correspondent for The Vindicator, is elected exalted ruler of the Salem Lodge of Elks, succeeding William L. Blount.
March 19, 1929: Youngstown police are rounding up slot machines as fast as they can after Judge J.H.C. Lyon dismisses a temporary injunction restraining the city from molesting the machines. The owner of the machines, Mark Skeffington of Toledo, is also scouring the city, trying to get to the machines before police do.
Fishing holes for President Hoover in both Maryland and Virginia have been acquired by lease through his secretary, Lawrence Richey, so that during the summer weekends and dull days in the White House, the chief executive may be able to angle for brook, brown and rainbow trout.
After a raid in Lowellville in which a mammoth still and 20,000 gallons of mash were seized, Mahoning County Sheriff Adam Stone sends a letter to Mayor C.J. Zuercher of Lowellville ordering city officials to "clean up."

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