Today is Sunday, March 8, the 67th day of 2009. There are 298 days left in the year. On this date in

Today is Sunday, March 8, the 67th day of 2009. 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 heavily damages the USS Congress, both frigates, off Newport News, Va.

In 1702, England’s Queen Anne accedes to the throne upon the death of King William III. In 1782, the Gnadenhutten massacre takes place as more than 90 Indians are slain by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians. 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., at age 74. 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, and 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, five weeks after he retired as Chief Justice of the United States. In 1948, the Supreme Court, in McCollum v. Board of Education, strikes down voluntary religious education classes in Champaign, Ill., public schools, saying the program violates separation of church and state. In 1965, the United States lands its first combat troops in South Vietnam as 3,500 Marines are brought in to defend the U.S. air base at Da Nang.

March 8, 1984: Youngstown State University’s academic senate overwhelmingly rejects the first changes in graduation requirements in 10 years. Senate President Larry Esterly predicts that the body would “let the dust settle for eight to 10 years” before looking again at new standards.

William Schollaert, Mill Creek Park superintendent, tells park commissioners that hours for the boathouses at Lakes Newport and Glacier may be reduced to eliminate a projected budget shortfall.

Dr. William H. Bunn Jr. says the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine has been the driving force behind many great strides made by the Youngstown medical community during the school’s first decade. Clarence J. Strouss Jr., charter chairman of the NEOUCOM board, is honored at a luncheon.

March 8, 1969: The New Park Theater opens at 466 W. Federal St., but police say the theater has insufficient parking. About a half dozen cars are towed for blocking area driveways and several others are ticketed for illegal parking.

Mother Alexandra, former Ileana, princess of Romania, will attend services at St. Mark Orthodox Church on Idlewild. She will conduct the divine liturgy at the request of the Rev. Philip Koufos.

Stamps valued at $50,000, which would get half that on the black market, are taken from a safe at the Niles Post Office.

March 8, 1959: Youngstown police say fugitive bank robber Frank L. Sprenz stole a car at 507 Carroll St., which he used to drive to New Castle, Pa., where he bought a car.

An unexploded dynamite bomb is found on the front porch of the home of Niles Police Chief John Ross at 1332 Robbins Ave.

Capt. Louis A. Daigneau, son of Mrs. Louis Daigneau of Youngstown, is serving a two-year tour of duty as an adviser at the Chinese Artillery School near Taipei, Formosa. He met Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, president of Nationalist China, during a inspection of the installation.

March 8, 1934: The state liquor control department moves toward its goal of opening 1,100 state liquor stores within a week. The cheapest whisky the state will offer will be $1.25 a fifth gallon, it is revealed.

Georgia Oles, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. George Oles of Youngstown, is elected a member of the Vassar chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Andrew J. Tressa, 24, of Campbell, known as night club entertainer Andrew Tracey, is fatally injured, and his dancing partner, Ann Floco, 21, also of Campbell, is seriously injured when their car collides with a truck near Brimfield.

2008, The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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