Today is Monday, March 6, the 65th day of 2006. There are 300 days left in the year. On this date in 1806, poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning is born near Durham, England.



Today is Monday, March 6, the 65th day of 2006. There are 300 days left in the year. On this date in 1806, poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning is born near Durham, England.
In 1834, the city of York in Upper Canada is incorporated as Toronto. In 1836, the Alamo in San Antonio falls to Mexican forces after a 13-day siege. In 1853, Verdi's opera "La Traviata" premieres in Venice, Italy. In 1857, in its "Dred Scott" decision, the Supreme Court holds that Scott, a slave, cannot sue for his freedom in federal court. In 1906, comedian Lou Costello is born in Paterson, N.J. In 1933, a nationwide bank holiday declared by President Roosevelt goes into effect. In 1935, retired Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. dies in Washington. In 1944, U.S. heavy bombers stage the first American raid on Berlin during World War II. In 1957, the former British African colonies of the Gold Coast and Togoland become the independent state of Ghana. In 1981, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time as principal anchorman of "The CBS Evening News."
March 6, 1981: Youngstown City Schools are officially closed and will remain so for the duration of the strike by the district's 1,000 teachers. The decision was made by Supt. Emanuel Catsoules, who said attendance had dropped to less than 500 in the district's 33 school buildings.
The first eight snow geese of the migration from the South to their nesting grounds in the Arctic are reported at Meander Reservoir. The snow geese normally precede the flocks of Canada geese that arrive in mid-March.
Walter Cronkite, the nation's most beloved television anchorman, retires from his familiar seat at "CBS Evening News" after 19 years and passes the job to Dan Rather.
A billboard is erected alongside Interstate 680 by Commuter Aircraft Corp. announcing that, "We're taking off!" Ground will be broken in the spring for a $56 million aircraft assembly plant at the Youngstown Municipal Airport.
March 6, 1966: The staff for the neighborhood Youth Corps program to be operated by Associated Neighborhood Centers under the anti-poverty program will be announced soon, says Harmon Hughes, executive director of the ANC.
A proposal by Youngstown's 5th Ward councilman, Jack C. Hunter, that Youngstown annex some 11 neighboring political subdivisions would result in Youngstown becoming the state's sixth largest city by population, with more than 291,000 citizens.
Maxwell D. Taylor, one of President Johnson's chief military advisers, suggests that the United States close North Vietnam's Haiphong harbor with explosive mines, thus depriving the north of supplies it needs to wage war.
March 6, 1956: Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., says he accepted a campaign contribution from a member of the family that controls Superior Oil Co. of California, but he doesn't think that should affect his membership on a special Senate committee planning a broad investigation of lobbying and campaign contributions.
An explosion in a melting furnace at the Mallory-Sharon Titanium Corp. plant in Niles causes extension damage to the Warren Avenue plant, but no injuries.
The Youngstown Board of Education approves a $150 a year increase to minimum salaries for teachers, bringing the minimum to $3,500. Superintendent Paul C. Bunn said the increase was needed if Youngstown were to be able to compete with other cities for teachers.
The Beaver Falls area and parts of Allegheny County, which have opposed a Lake Erie to Ohio River canal in the past are reconsidering their position in light of the new transportation options presented by the St. Lawrence Seaway.
March 6, 1931: Sabo F. Kittel, 70, dies of an apparent heart attack while fighting a fire in his barn in Lowellville. Kittel was trying to save equipment from the barn before firefighters arrived when he collapsed. Neighbors were able to save some of the equipment, but the fire was too far along to save the barn. Firemen from Lowellville, Pulaski, Struthers, Campbell and Youngstown responded.
Mahoning County judges say the utility interests may have played a role in Gov. George White's refusal to authorize a state probe of the utility scandal in Youngstown.
Youngstown Water Commissioner W.D. Cregan says that since the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District is building its plant to meet expectations for the next 50 years, Youngstown should begin planning to expand its lines and facilities to meet the needs for the same period.
Dr. H.E. Welch, head of the Youngstown health department, notifies the Youngstown Hospital Association that no more permits will be issued for charity patients, at least until the Ohio Legislature approves financial relief for cities that provide care.
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