Years Ago

By Bertram de Souza

Today is Saturday, March 6, the 65th day of 2010. There are 300 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1836: The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, falls to Mexican forces after a 13-day siege.

1853: Verdi’s opera “La Traviata” premieres in Venice, Italy.

1857: The United States Supreme Court rules in Dred Scott v. Sandford that Scott, a slave, is not an American citizen and cannot sue for his freedom in federal court.

1933: A nationwide bank holiday declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt goes into effect.

1935: Retired Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., dies in Washington.

1967: The daughter of Josef Stalin, Svetlana Alliluyeva, appears at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and declares her intention to defect to the West.

1970: A bomb being built inside a Greenwich Village townhouse by the radical Weathermen accidentally goes off, destroying the house and killing three group members.


1985: Girard City Council is told that a secondary sewage treatment plant for the city may be $2 million less than originally estimated due to money saving changes in the nearly complete design phase of the project.

General Motors Chairman Roger Smith is seeking more support in his fight to reduce the country’s staggering trade and budget deficits.

1970: Mahoning County Prosecutor Vincent E. Gilmartin will research whether part of the Mahoning Tuberculosis Sanatorium can be used for treating narcotic users.

Abe Harshman, a member of the Youngstown Board of Education since 1968 and president since 1969, resigns from the board, citing health concerns and increasing pressure of business.

1960: As cold weather continues, hundreds of ice skaters crowd Crandall Park Lake. There’s been 25 inches of snow in Youngstown over three weeks.

More than 250 Welshmen and guests attend the 69th St. David’s Day dinner at John Knox UP Church where Judge David Jenkins, 1960 Hopkins Medal winner, is honored,.

1935: Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. receives two orders for pipe totaling 12,700 tons for use in gas and oil pipelines in western states.

The skeleton of a young woman is found in a shallow grave in a gully on a hillside overlooking Lowellville. Police are attempting to locate two suitcases that were discovered by Science Teacher Cecil Seronsy and a biology class on a field trip near the gravesite about five years earlier. The suitcases were turned over to authorities.

Mrs. Fred Herman, 83, of 40435 Hudson Drive, who helped her father, a tailor, make uniforms for the Union army during the Civil War, dies of the infirmities of age.

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