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Today is Thursday, March 16, the 75th day of 2006. There are 290 days left in the year. On this date


Published: Thu, March 16, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


Today is Thursday, March 16, the 75th day of 2006. There are 290 days left in the year. On this date in 1945, during World War II, Iwo Jima is declared secured by the Allies.
In 1751, James Madison, fourth president of the United States, is born in Port Conway, Va. In 1792, Sweden's King Gustav III is shot and mortally wounded during a masquerade party by a former member of his regiment (he dies 13 days later). In 1802, Congress authorizes the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. In 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel "The Scarlet Letter" is first published. In 1915, the Federal Trade Commission is organized. In 1935, Adolf Hitler scraps the Treaty of Versailles.
March 16, 1981: Buzzards, their wings cutting V-shapes in the sky, swoop through the Hinckley Metropark Reservation to the delight of 30,000 people who showed up for "Buzzard Day."
Hugh A. Frost, assistant to the president of Youngstown State University, files petitions for the Republican nomination for mayor of Youngstown with the Mahoning County Board of Elections.
Philadelphia mob boss Phillip C. "Chicken Man" Testa is blown up on the front steps of his house on a quiet tree-lined street in South Philadelphia .
March 16, 1966: Youngstown's George Shuba, a former major league baseball player who now works as a clerk in the Youngstown Post Office, says he knew Gerda Munsinger, the German woman now at the center of a security scandal in Canada, when he was playing outfield for Montreal in the International League in 1956. From her West German home, she denies being a spy and says she was only a close friend with former Defense Minister Pierre Sevigny and an acquaintance of former Trade Minister George Hees.
Florian Manfredi, 22, narrowly escapes death when his convertible smashes through a barricade at Routes 626 and 164 and plunges down a 100-foot embankment, coming to rest a few feet from the westbound lane of the Ohio turnpike.
The Boardman Zoning Commission recommends approval of a zone change request that would allow construction by William Cafaro and Associates of a $16 million enclosed shopping mall across from Boardman High School.
March 16, 1956: Seven hours of steady snowfall leaves six inches of fresh snow on Youngstown district roads, bringing the city one of its worst traffic jams in history.
Campbell tax commissioner Paul P. Zuzik reports that his office collected $64,879 in city income taxes from Jan. 1 to March 1, compared with $45,554 for the same period in 1955.
March 16, 1931: Youngstown Councilman Jerry Stull proposes that former Traction Commissioner Harry Engle will be asked to appear before council and disclose the terms of any agreement he had with a power or railroad company for "secret compensation."
Capt. William J. Engelhardt sends his raiders out with orders to arrest bootleggers and to accept no excuses: "If they say they are friends of the chief, bring them in; if they pretend friendship for the mayor, bring the in; if they claim to be my friends, bring them in twice. No one is exempt."


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