Today is Sunday, March 26, the 85th day of 2006. There are 280 days left in the year. On this date

Today is Sunday, March 26, the 85th day of 2006. There are 280 days left in the year. On this date in 1979, the Camp David peace treaty is signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at the White House.
In 1804, the Louisiana Purchase is divided into the Territory of Orleans and the District of Louisiana. In 1827, composer Ludwig van Beethoven dies in Vienna. In 1892, poet Walt Whitman dies in Camden, N.J. In 1911, playwright Tennessee Williams is born in Columbus, Miss. In 1937, a 6-foot-tall concrete statue of the cartoon character Popeye is unveiled during the Second Annual Spinach Festival in Crystal City, Texas. In 1958, the U.S. Army launches America's third successful satellite, Explorer III.
In 1964, the musical play "Funny Girl," starring Barbra Streisand, opens on Broadway. In 1971, East Pakistan proclaims its independence, taking the name Bangladesh. In 1981, a jury in Los Angeles awards entertainer Carol Burnett $1.6 million from the National Enquirer for an article she'd charged was libelous. (The award was later reduced, and the two parties settled out of court). In 1982, groundbreaking ceremonies take place in Washington for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In 1996, amid public fears of mad cow disease, British farmers demand their government order the destruction of old cattle, but Prime Minister John Major refuses, and blames the crisis on his political opponents. .
In 2001, Comair pilots walk off the job, beginning a three-month strike after contract talks with the regional airline broke off. In 2005, German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger stands in for Pope John Paul II during the Easter Vigil Mass at the Vatican (Ratzinger would later succeed John Paul, becoming Pope Benedict XVI).
March 26, 1981: The Ohio Education Association warns the threat by the Youngstown Board of Education to fire striking teachers under Ohio's Ferguson Act could result in appeals lasting years and could cost the school system millions of dollars.
U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig Jr. is described as so angry that he was pounding the table after being denied control of foreign crisis management and some staff members are wondering if he will leave the Reagan administration. Vice President George Bush was given the key role in responding to foreign crises.
A seven-member board to govern the Trumbull County tourist and Convention Bureau is appointed by Trumbull County commissioners.
The Dow Jones industrial average surges above the 1,000 mark and is at its highest level in eight years.
March 26, 1966: Builder Charles Shutrump says he heads a group of investors negotiation with the Albert Pick chain in Chicago to buy the Hotel Pick-Ohio in downtown Youngstown.
A Boardman couple, Mr. and Mrs. James Canan, and their two children are rescued by firemen and police from an early morning fire at the home at 639 Forestridge Drive. Damage is estimated at $15,000.
City police and Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube plant protection officers arrest four Cleveland men who were inside the abandoned Anna Furnace in Bridge street attempting to remove brass cooling units.
Mrs. Phyllis Owens, 17, and her six-month-old daughter escape serious injury when a car driven by Mrs. Owens is dragged 93 feet by a train at the Erie Lackawanna Railroad tracks at Ohltown.
James R. Griffin, chairman of the community college board of trustees, says a joint curriculum committee will be established with equal representation from Youngstown University and the proposed community college to prevent competition and duplication of services.
March 26, 1956: Thirty-three cars are damaged in two massive smash-ups in Youngstown caused a treacherous film of ice. Twenty vehicles were involved in one of the accidents, which tied up all four lanes of Market Street Ext. near Woodworth; the other involved 20 cars on Route 422 near the Pennsylvania line.
A week-long walkout that idled 6,000 workers at Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. ends when 500 open hearth workers return to their jobs. All Sheet & amp; Tube plants won't be at full capacity for several days.
Several Youngstown policemen are circulating petitions demanding a meeting with Chief Paul Cress to protest his order that all police officers wear white shirts as part of their summer uniform.
A striking mahogany red Irish Setter -- American-Canadian Champion "Phantom Brooks Burgundy" - wins best in show at the Mahoning -- Shenango Kennel Club's 18th annual competition.
March 26, 1931: A new Mahoning County grand jury of 10 men and five women convenes to investigate all matters pertaining to the relationship of Ohio Edison Co. with Prosecutor Ray Thomas and former Youngstown traction commissioner Harry Engle. Attorneys Fred J. Heim, Andrew M. Henderson and Theodore Johnson are named to serve as prosecuting attorneys by the Common Pleas court judges.
The theory that former Cleveland Councilman William E. Potter was slain to protect unidentified but possibly prominent Clevelanders from further Potter testimony in a city playground scandal is hinted at the opening of the trial for the man charged in his murder.
Mrs. Rose James of Evansville, Ind., is awarded a divorce and alimony of $8 a week from George J. "Jesse" James on charges that he spanked her. He is the great-grandson of the notorious bandit.
The South Side Whist Club meets at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Byrd, Dewey Ave. The ladies' and men's first prizes were awarded to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Danglen.
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