Years Ago

By Bertram de Souza

Today is Monday, March 8, the 67th day of 2010. 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.

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.

1854: U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry makes his second landing in Japan; within a month, he concludes a treaty with the Japanese.

1874: The 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, dies in Buffalo, N.Y., at age 74.

1917: The U.S. Senatenate votes to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.

1930: The 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft, dies in Washington at age 72.

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.


1985: Speaking at morning and evening hearings of the Trumbull County Board of Commissioners, residents tell commissioners they should live within their means rather than enact a half-percent piggyback sales tax.

Emanuel N. Catsoules, superintendent of Youngstown schools, tells parents of Wilson High students that the school will remain open for at least the next year or two.

1970: Boardman High School wins its third Northern Ohio National Forensic League champions in four years, nosing out Cardinal Mooney High, 50-49, at Cuyahoga Falls .

Downtown’s newest restaurant, the Western Reserve in Strouss’ department store, reflects a colonial American atmosphere and will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

1960: Dr. Harry J. Wanamaker is named acting superintendent by the Youngstown Board of Education, succeeding Dr. J. Fred Essig. Wanamaker tells the board it will have to spend $9 million on buildings through 1964 if it is to keep up with enrollment growth.

A wildcat strike shuts down production at MacKenzie Muffler Co. on N. Meridian Road, idling about 200 workers.

1935: Ground is broken at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Niles for a provincial house for the congregation of the Most Precious Blood, an order of priests. The Rev,. Nicholas Santoro, pastor of Mt. Carmel, is head of the order in the United States and recently returned to Niles after meeting with Pope Pius in Rome.

Ballots cast in the November general election in Mahoning County are burned in the furnaces of the Keith-Albee building under the direction of board of election clerks. Destruction of the ballots was delayed until the last opportunity had passed for W.A. Ambrose to appeal his razor thin loss to Prosecutor J.H. Leighninger.

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