Today is Wednesday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2011. There are 283 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1775: Patrick Henry delivers an address to the Virginia Provincial Convention in which he is said to have declared, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”
1806: Explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, having reached the Pacific coast, begin their journey back east.
1919: Benito Mussolini founds his Fascist political movement in Milan, Italy.
1933: The German Reichstag adopts the Enabling Act, which effectively grants Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers.
1956: Pakistan becomes an Islamic republic.
1994: Wayne Gretzky breaks Gordie Howe’s National Hockey League career record with his 802nd goal.
1986: The Youngstown Police Special Investigation Unit uncovers an estimated $250,000 worth of suspected marijuana in a luxury car in the McKinley School parking lot.
The Ungaro administration reaches an agreement with General Electric Corp. for the city to market GE’s Youngstown Lamp Plant and to offer a $1 million low-interest loan to entice a manufacturer to the site.
1971: The Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce will spearhead an organized protest against the National Railroad Passenger Corp.’s failure to include Youngstown on its national Railpax routes, robbing the city of virtually all of its already skimpy service.
Cardinal Mooney’s speech team climaxes an undefeated season in Columbus by winning the Ohio High School Speech League championship. Nancy Robison and Terry Kelley of Mooney and Marcie Messett of Howland win three of the six state individual events.
1961: The Youngstown Federation of Women’s Clubs endorses public pressure, police harassment and mutual understanding among candidates as a three-pronged effort to eliminate the posting of campaign signs on utility poles.
Patricia Bernard, an Austintown Fitch High School senior, takes top honors in the fifth annual tri-county Science Fair at Fitch, winning a $300 scholarship to Youngstown University for her chemistry exhibit on qualitative analysis.
1936: A 30-mile lake covering 66,000 acres would fill the Grand River Valley behind a dam comparable to the Boulder Dam as part of the Lake Erie to Ohio River canal.
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