Today is Monday, March 19, the 78th day of 2007. There are 287 days left in the year. This is the date the swallows traditionally return to the San Juan Capistrano Mission in California. On this date



Today is Monday, March 19, the 78th day of 2007. There are 287 days left in the year. This is the date the swallows traditionally return to the San Juan Capistrano Mission in California. On this date in 2003, President Bush orders the start of war against Iraq. (Because of the time difference, it is early March 20 in Iraq.)
In 1859, the opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod premieres in Paris. In 1917, the Supreme Court, in Wilson v. New, upholds the eight-hour work day for railroad workers. In 1918, Congress approves Daylight-Saving Time. In 1931, Nevada Gov. Fred B. Balzar signs a measure legalizing casino gambling. In 1945, during World War II, 724 people are killed when a Japanese dive bomber attacks the U.S. carrier Franklin off Japan. In 1951, Herman Wouk's World War II novel "The Caine Mutiny" is first published. In 1953, the Academy Awards ceremony is televised for the first time; "The Greatest Show on Earth" is named best picture of 1952. In 1979, the U.S. House of Representatives begins televising its day-to-day business. In 1987, televangelist Jim Bakker resigns as chairman of his PTL ministry organization amid a sex and money scandal involving Jessica Hahn, a former church secretary from Oklahoma.
March 19, 1982: The Downtown Youngstown Board of Trade is planning to appeal to the Woolworth Co. to reverse its decision to close the company's Federal Plaza store. The store, which has been a downtown fixture for 70 years, is slated to be closed April 30, when its lease expires.
Republic Steel Corp. lays off about 400 additional employees in its Mahoning Valley plants, boosting the number idled in the area to 1,100.
March 19, 1967: President Johnson's release of 791 million in frozen federal funds means that the Interstate 80 project in the Youngstown area will be built on schedule.
Sgt. Vincent Tomalka of Boardman is reported killed in Vietnam when the truck he was driving ran over a land mine in the Da Nang area.
Ronald A Marian, administrative assistant to the Safety Council of Greater Youngstown, is named public relations director of the Youngstown Area Community Chest.
March 19, 1957: The Greater Youngstown Area Foundation agrees to aid Mahoning County commissioners in selling the present County Home land on Herbert Road as an industrial site.
Miss Margaret McNab, 89, a Youngstown school teacher for 50 years before retiring and the organizer of the city's first PTA, dies in the Dunaway Nursing Home in Butler.
Mayor Frank X. Kryzan cuts the ribbon for the city's second Robert Hall Clothes store, which is located at Belmont Avenue and Gypsy Lane.
March 19, 1932: Mahoning County Sheriff Adam Stone says his contract with county commissioners provides 17 cents per meal to feed prisoners and he has no apologies to make to the Mahoning County Taxpayers' Protective League, which claims the allowance is excessive.
Columbiana County commissioners pass a resolution urging the use of Ohio-mined coal in the hope of boasting the state's mining industry and employment.

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