Today is Friday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2006. There are 282 days left in the year. On this date
Today is Friday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2006. There are 282 days left in the year. On this date in 1765, Britain enacts the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.
In 1883, long-distance telephone service is inaugurated between Chicago and New York. In 1934, President Roosevelt signs a bill granting future independence to the Philippines. In 1944, in occupied Rome, the Nazis execute more than 300 civilians in reprisal for an attack by Italian partisans the day before that killed 32 German soldiers. In 1955, the Tennessee Williams play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens on Broadway with Barbara Bel Geddes as Maggie, Ben Gazzara as Brick and Burl Ives as Big Daddy. In 1976, the president of Argentina, Isabel Peron, is deposed by her country's military. In 1980, one of El Salvador's most respected Roman Catholic Church leaders, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, is shot to death by gunmen as he celebrates Mass in San Salvador. In 1989, the nation's worst oil spill occurs as the supertanker Exxon Valdez runs aground on a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound and begins leaking 11 million gallons of crude. In 1995, for the first time in 20 years, no British soldiers are patrolling the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1999, NATO launches airstrikes against Yugoslavia, marking the first time in its 50-year existence that it had ever attacked a sovereign country. In 1999, 39 people are killed when fire erupts in the Mont Blanc tunnel in France and burns for two days.
March 24, 1981: Only 22 teachers and 709 students cross the picket lines as Youngstown public schools reopen for the first time in 21/2 weeks of a teachers strike.
A grandmother and three children are killed by carbon monoxide fumes from a faulty furnace in a Brookfield home. Dead are Lola Piccirilli, 58, and Jill, 6; Paul, 4 and Stephanie O'Brien, 3.
A defective trunk line running under the street into the west side of the Hotel Ohio short-circuits cutting power to two blocks of Boardman Street for two hours.
March 24, 1966: Three major hotel chains - Hilton, Sheraton and Holiday Inn - have indicated an interest in developing a major facility in Youngstown, Mayor Anthony B. Flask reveals to City Council.
A resolution supporting the Mahoning County Community College and commending its backers is adopted unanimously by Youngstown City Council.
The Legal Arts Center at Market and Boardman streets, Youngstown's newest office building, is sold by its builders, Stephen and Marguerite Baytos to West Virginia investors for about $420,000.
March 24, 1956: Arsene Rousseau, architect for the Mahoning County Jail and Office Building Commission, announces that construction of Mahoning County's new jail will begin April 2.
Some Youngstown policemen are grumbling over an order issued by Police Chief Paul H. Cress that beginning in June, police will wear white shirts as part of their summer uniforms. Police receive a $60 annual uniform allowance, and Cress said police should order their white shirts by April 20 to be sure they will be delivered by June 1.
A private plane piloted by a Chardon attorney, Scott Bostwick, 54, makes a forced landing on a grassed section of the Streetsboro interchange of the Ohio Turnpike.
March 24, 1931: Col. Evan A. Watkins' dream of a Ku Klux Klan Kountry Klub in Canfield, which he envisioned as a place "where men, women and children in all walks of life can assemble in peace and happiness," ends in a sheriff's sale. The 125-acre farm and farmhouse sold for $7,965.
Fifteen prominent businessmen, a majority of them from Youngstown, are relieved of their watches, rings and pocketbooks, during a stickup by five gunmen at the Charley Sedore Jr. roadhouse on Applegate Road near Seceders Corners in Trumbull County.
A marauder shoots Mrs. John Hilton, 28, in the mouth when she got out of bed in her room at 362 E. Boardman St. to help her husband brace the door against the intruder. She is in fair condition in the South unit of Youngstown Hospital. Police believe the man knew that Hilton had received an amount of money in an insurance settlement earlier in the day.