Years Ago

Today is Thursday, March 10, the 69th day of 2011. There are 296 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1496: Christopher Columbus concludes his second visit to the Western Hemisphere as he leaves Hispaniola for Spain.

1785: Thomas Jefferson is appointed America’s minister to France, succeeding Benjamin Franklin.

1848: The Senate ratifies the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ends the Mexican-American War.

1876: The first successful voice transmission over Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone takes place in Boston as his assistant hears Bell say, “Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you.”


1986: YBM Corp., one of Youngstown’s oldest and largest suppliers of building materials, quietly closes three of its divisions, the Cavanaugh Co., a hardware supply outlet; Briggs-Jones division, a paint and floor covering store, and its computer supply division.

U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., D-17th, wants President Reagan to provide a detailed report to Congress on the threats posed by the government of Nicaragua before Congress votes on the administration’s package to the Contras, the anti-government rebels.

1971: Youngstown City Council approves a resolution strongly objecting to the moving of Mahoning County draft board offices to Warren.

An ordinance making parents liable for fines for vandalism by their children under 18 is adopted by a 6-1 vote by Youngs-town City Council.

1961: Journalist Stewart Alsop tells the Youngstown Junior League’s Town Hall at the Palace Theater that the cold war will continue throughout our lifetimes but that does not mean a hot war will follow.

Bishop Emmet M. Walsh of Youngstown is renamed chairman of the legal department for the National Catholic Welfare Conference, the top governing body of the Catholic Church in the U.S.

1936: The No. 4 blast furnace of Republic Steel Corp. idled since 1930 is charged, giving Republic 100 percent of its potential pig iron production in the Youngstown area.

The Youngstown Federation of Women’s Clubs asks that a college degree be made one of the qualifications of the new city park superintendent.

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