Years Ago

Today is Friday, March 25, the 84th day of 2011. There are 281 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1894: Jacob S. Coxey begins leading an “army” of unemployed from Massillon, Ohio, to Washington, D.C., to demand help from the federal government.

1947: A coal mine explosion in Centralia, Ill., claims 111 lives.

1957: The Treaty of Rome establishes the European Economic Community.

1965: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leads 25,000 marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery, Ala., to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks.

1975: King Faisal of Saudi Arabia is shot to death by a nephew with a history of mental illness. (The nephew is beheaded in June 1975.)


1986: A vacant LTV Steel factory on Albert Street, formerly Republic Steel Corp., is purchased for $300,000 by the Ross Park Partnership, a partnership that includes members of the Cafaro Co.

The Luntz Corp. of Warren is entering a joint venture with Cleveland- based Columbia Iron and Metal, which will result in relocation of Luntz’ automobile shredder from Mansfield to Youngstown.

1971: Youngstown City Council debates vacating a portion of Elm Street between Lincoln Avenue and Spring Street in the Youngstown State University area.

The decision by Congress to abandon the U.S. supersonic air transport will hit the Youngstown district, especially Reactive Metals Inc. of Niles, one of the country’s leading manufacturers of titanium.

U.S. Rep. Charles J. Carney and Youngstown Mayor Jack C. Hunter jointly announce that Youngstown will be the draft center for Mahoning and Columbiana counties. A center in Warren that was to serve the five-county area will serve Trumbull, Geauga and Ashtabula counties.

1961: Liberty High School’s Leopards take a 10-7 lead in the first quarter of their Class A state championship basketball game, but fall to Ayersville High School, 40-38.

A conservative coalition in the House rejects President John F. Kennedy’s proposed minimum wage of $1.25.

American industry and labor must do everything possible to maintain and improve productivity to meet rapidly rising European competition, George McCuskey, vice president-finance of Youngstown Sheet & Tube, declares.

1936: The Mahoning River reaches its highest stage since the flood of 1913, seriously hampering industrial operations and driving scores of residents in low-lying areas from their homes.

Robert A. Taft of Cincinnati defends the Ohio Republican “favorite son” plan and terms policies of the New Deal “pseudo-liberalism” while speaking in Cleveland.

Youngstown City Council refers to its finance committee an ordinance to provide salaries of $10 per year to three members of the city’s boxing and wrestling commission.

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