Years Ago

By Bertram de Souza

Today is Sunday, March 7, the 66th day of 2010. There are 299 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1850: In a three-hour speech to the U.S. Senate, Daniel Webster of Massachusetts endorses the Compromise of 1850 as a means of preserving the Union. (Critics bitterly denounce Webster for endorsing a compromise which included a provision for returning runaway slaves to their owners.)

1876: Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his telephone.

1926: The first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversations take place, between New York and London.

1936: Adolf Hitler orders his troops to march into the Rhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact.

1945: During World War II, U.S. forces cross the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany, using the damaged but still usable Ludendorff Bridge.

1965: A march by civil rights demonstrators is broken up in Selma, Ala., by state troopers and a sheriff’s posse.

1975: The U.S. Senate revises its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the previously required two-thirds of senators present.


1985: U.S. Rep. James A Traficant Jr., D-17, introduces legislation that would direct the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to update a 1965 feasibility study on the Lake Erie to Ohio River shipping canal.

Ohio Chief Justice Frank D. Celebrezze urges Trumbull County lawyers to “re-examine the practice of personal integrity” during a meeting of the Trumbull County Bar Association at Jimmy Chieffo’s restaurant.

1970: Ling-Temco-Vought, the Texas-based industrial giant, has agreed to settle a government antitrust complaint by selling off Braniff Airways and the wire-making Okonite Co.

Atty. Nathaniel R. Jones, Youngstown lawyer who is national counsel for the NAACP in New York, returns home to participate in a panel discussion on racial justice at the YWCA, and criticizes a growing trend toward separation of black and white segments of communities.

1960: Fourteen children and adults picket Woolworth’s in downtown Youngstown, part of a nationwide effort to call attention to the company’s segregated lunch counters in the South.

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1935: The Federal Home Loan Bank Board approves the application for federalization filed by Home Savings and Loan Co. of Youngstown, one of the largest institutions of tis kind in the United States.

Testifying before the Mahoning County Charter Commission, Youngstown Mayor Mark E. Moore says that although he favors a countywide police financial, health and public works administration, voter approval of such a radical change is unlikely.

Despite years of depression, Youngstown elementary school pupils are in better health today than in 1927. A report to the board of education shows that 17 percent of the pupils are underweight, two percentage points lower than eight years earlier.

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