Years Ago

Today is Saturday, March 5, the 64th day of 2011. There are 301 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1770: The Boston Massacre takes place as British soldiers who’d been taunted by a crowd of colonists open fire, killing five people.

1868: The Senate is organized into a Court of Impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson, who is later acquitted.

1933: In German parliamentary elections, the Nazi Party wins 44 percent of the vote; the Nazis join with a conservative nationalist party to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.

1946: Winston Churchill delivers his “Iron Curtain” speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.

1953: Soviet dictator Josef Stalin dies after three decades in power.

1959: A fire at the Negro Boys Industrial School in Wrightsville, Ark., claims the lives of 21 teenagers trapped inside a locked dormitory room.

1960: Cuban newspaper photographer Alberto Korda takes the now-famous picture of guerrilla leader Che Guevara during a memorial service in Havana for victims of a ship explosion.

Elvis Presley is discharged from the U.S. Army.

1963: Country music performers Patsy Cline, “Cowboy” Copas and “Hawkshaw” Hawkins die in a plane crash near Camden, Tenn., that also claims the life of pilot Randy Hughes (Cline’s manager).

1970: The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons goes into effect after 43 nations ratify it.

1979: NASA’s Voyager 1 space probe flies past Jupiter, sending back photographs of the planet and its moons.

1982: Comedian John Belushi is found dead of a drug overdose in a rented bungalow in Hollywood; he was 33.


1986: Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Elwyn V. Jenkins orders Teamsters Local 377 to limit pickets at the Tamco Distributors Inc. warehouse to 12.

U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. proposes a pilot program for the Mahoning and Shenango valleys under the proposed Income and Jobs Action Act.

Women constitute a virtually untapped pool of lifeblood for unions suffering membership anemia in the nation’s industrial retrenchment, a group of 60 people are told during a faulty forum at Youngstown State University.

1971: State Highway Director J. Phillip Richley lists $34.5 million in highway projects to be let for contract in Mahoning and Trumbull counties over the next two years.

Thomas “Yonnie” Licavoli, convicted of murder in four gangland slayings in 1934, loses his latest bid for freedom in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Robert Waters, principal of Monroe School on Youngstown’s South Side since 1948, will retire at the end of the school year.

Mahoning County commissioners and representatives of the Animal Charity League approve a plan to use a sterilizing chemical, Ornitrol, to diminish the downtown pigeon population.

1961: W.S. Wike, Trumbull County welfare director, labels the 23 demands of the Union of the Unemployed of the Mahoning Valley presented to officials at the courthouse as impossible to fulfill as long as the Welfare Department is penniless.

A price war among a few clubs and taverns in the N. Broadway area of Farrell have driven prices for beer and liquor as low as has been seen since Prohibition days.

Movie actress Elizabeth Taylor, 29, is reported in serious condition in a London hospital with pneumonia.

Residents of Clarksville, Pa., in Mercer County propose that a dike be built to protect the 200-year-old Glenwood Cemetery from flooding when the Shenango River is dammed to create the Shenango Reservoir.

1936: A crew of seven men working in the second story of the Cold Metal Process Co. narrowly escape death in a fire that does an estimated $1 million in damage to the plant.

Net earnings of Republic Steel Corp. of $4.4 million is reported for 1935, compared with a loss of $3.4 million in 1934.

Municipal Judge Peter B. Mulholland fines seven reckless drivers and sends four of them to jail as Traffic Commissioner Clarence W. Coppersmith vows to continue a police crackdown of traffic violators.

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