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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Today is Tuesday, March 8, the 67th day of 2011. There are 298 days left in the year.

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1782: Militiamen slay 90 Indians in the Gnadenhutten massacre 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.

1917: The U.S. Senate 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.

1971: Joe Frazier defeats Muhammad Ali be decision in what was billed as “The Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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1986: Bishop James Malone of Youngstown, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, says there is no such thing as legitimate dissent by a Catholic from the teaching that “abortion is a moral evil.”

The Youngstown Board of Education agrees to rename Covington Elementary School for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

1971: Gov. John J. Gilligan announces proposals for state employees that would increase pay by 16 percent over two years.

The General Motors Chevrolet truck assembly line, which was down for two weeks to make line improvements for the Sportvan, resumes operating two eight-hour shifts a day producing an average of 22 vans an hour.

1961: The Isaly Dairy Co. announces a cut in the price of milk in bottles sold in stores by 2 cents a gallon, bringing the price of a gallon to 68 cents.

Youngstown Police Capt. William J. Cleary receives Law and Order magazine’s award for an article he wrote for the publication, “Slow down your traffic deaths,” describing how the city has saved an estimated $5.5 million in its safety program over 11 years.

1936: Youngstown Mayor Lionel Evans turns 10 percent of his first pay check, $23.10, back to the city.

The U.S. Army Engineers have found that the Beaver-Mahoning route possesses advantages over other routes suggested for the proposed Lake Erie-Ohio River canal.