Today is Thursday, March 8, the 67th day of 2007. There are 298 days left in the year. On this date in 1862, during the Civil War, the ironclad CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimack) rams and sinks the

Today is Thursday, March 8, the 67th day of 2007. There are 298 days left in the year. On this date in 1862, during the Civil War, the ironclad CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimack) rams and sinks the USS Cumberland and inflicts heavy damage on the USS Congress, both frigates, off Newport News, Va.
In 1782, the Gnadenhutten massacre takes place as some 90 Indians are slain by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians. In 1841, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., the "Great Dissenter," is born in Boston. In 1854, U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry makes his second landing in Japan; within a month, he concludes a treaty with the Japanese. In 1874, the 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, dies in Buffalo, N.Y. In 1917, Russia's "February Revolution" (so called because of the Old Style calendar being used by Russians at the time) begins with rioting and strikes in Petrograd. In 1917, the U.S. Senate votes to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule. In 1930, the 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft, dies in Washington at age 72. In 1965, the United States lands its first combat troops in South Vietnam, about 3,500 Marines sent to defend the U.S. air base at Da Nang. In 1999, New York Yankees baseball star Joe DiMaggio dies in Hollywood, Fla., at age 84.
March 8, 1982: More than 10 percent of Mahoning County's residents are receiving welfare aid in some form, says Ezell Armour, Mahoning County welfare director.
The Wilhelm family of Hartford builds a saltbox style house from scratch on Five Points-Hartford Road and powers the house with solar panels. Leo Wilhelm, an executive with the Western Reserve Council of Boy Scouts, supervised the job, which included harvesting trees from nearby woods, but most of the work was done by sons Larry, 23, and Phil, 25.
Dutch Miller, president of the Youngstown District Football Officials Association, announces that Jim Keffer will continue for an 11th year as rules interpreter. Keffer is considered one of the best in the state on high school football rules.
March 8, 1967: George H. Eagle, chief engineer for the Ohio Department of Health, conducts a meeting of 50 area water representatives at the Mural Room to discuss a plan to further clean up the Mahoning River and head off rigid federal controls.
Marine First Lt. William A. Berry, 25, of Youngstown is killed in action at Quang Tri in Vietnam while flying a mission as an aerial observer.
Sandra Bair, a 20-year-old Youngstown University sophomore, is crowned Miss Youngstown of 1967 and will represent the city in the Miss Ohio contest in Lima.
March 8, 1957: Ohio Bell Telephone Co. will build a two-story office building at the southeast corner of Market Street and Dewey Avenue.
Common Pleas Judge John W. Ford orders the county prosecutor's office to investigate the assertion by H.E. Casgrain, vice president of Buehrle & amp; Co. seed and grain, that witnesses are afraid to testify about thousands of dollars in thefts from his company for fear of reprisals by the underworld.
Merger talks are underway between National Cash Register and Underwood Corp., two major producers of office machines and equipment.
March 8, 1932: The speediest criminal prosecution in the history of Trumbull County courts is being planned for the two men indicted in the kidnapping of Jimmy DeJute, 11, of Niles. They were arrested Saturday, arraigned Tuesday and will be tried Thursday.
Near-zero temperatures of the coldest night of the year contribute to two serious fires, one of which did 6,000 damage in destroying a dance hall at North Lima.
Akron City Council rejects an increase in trolley and bus fares from 8 cents to 10 cents.

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