Today is Saturday, March 11, the 70th day of 2006. There are 295 days left in the year. On this date

Today is Saturday, March 11, the 70th day of 2006. There are 295 days left in the year. On this date in 1942, as Japanese forces continue to advance in the Pacific during World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur leaves the Philippines for Australia, vowing: "I shall return." (He keeps that promise nearly three years later.)
In 1810, Emperor Napoleon of France is married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria. In 1861, the Confederate convention in Montgomery, Ala., adopts a constitution. In 1888, the famous "Blizzard of '88" strikes the northeastern United States, resulting in some 400 deaths. In 1930, former President and Chief Justice Taft is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. In 1941, President Roosevelt signs into law the Lend-Lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis. In 1965, the Rev. James J. Reeb, a white minister from Boston, dies after being beaten by whites during civil rights disturbances in Selma, Ala. In 1977, more than 130 hostages held in Washington by Hanafi Muslims are freed after ambassadors from three Islamic nations join the negotiations. In 1985, Mikhail S. Gorbachev is chosen to succeed the late Soviet President Konstantin U. Chernenko. In 1986, the state of Georgia pardons Leo Frank, a Jewish businessman who had been lynched in 1915 for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan. In 2004, 10 bombs explode in quick succession across the commuter rail network in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 people in an attack linked to Al-Qaida.
March 11, 1981: Four striking Youngstown teachers jailed by Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Clyde Osborne for contempt of court are released on the order of Appeals Court Judge Joseph E. O'Neill.
Joseph Catullo, county sanitary engineer, says the Boardman Waste Water Treatment Plant is slated for a $10 million expansion.
A group of South Pymatuning Township residents are opposed to a housing development on Brookfield Farms, saying it would put undue hardships on the fire department and sewage treatment plant.
March 11, 1966: A $750,000 convalescent hospital is approved for construction at 7564 Glenwood Ave., a mile south of the Boardman Plaza.
Trumbull County Probate Judge Charles Anderson, for years a mainstay of the Republican Party, dies of a heart ailment at 82.
A 22-year-old New Jersey man reports he was shot in the back and robbed near the Ohio Turnpike's route 18 exit near North Jackson by two motorists who gave him a ride from Philadelphia. Marshall C. Jons of Passaic, N.J., is in fair condition in St. Elizabeth Hospital.
March 11, 1956: Vandals break into Rayen School and cause about $200 in damage to the office of Principal Frank Tear.
Many builders and real estate developers are working on plans for launching a multimillion-dollar construction program which probably will turn into the biggest boom in the Youngstown district's history, a by-product of the proposed General Motors Lordstown plant.
Youngstown University, which has found about 12 percent of its entering freshmen have trouble with one or more subjects, is saving many students of ability by offering, without credit, remedial courses in Reading, English and Mathematics.
March 11, 1931: Youngstown's new traction commissioner, A.W. Hartford, will recommend that the Youngstown Municipal Railway Co. install buses on the Poland Ave. and Struthers car lines as a solution to the unsatisfactory transfer system in effect.
A bid of $49.9 million for construction of the Hoover Dam and power house at Bolder Canyon is accepted from Six Companies Inc. of San Francisco.
The Carnegie Steel Co. blast furnace at the Ohio Works is blown in, giving the district 11 active stacks out of 34 and places iron production on the highest level since early 1930.

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