Years Ago

Today is Friday, March 1, the 60th day of 2013. There are 305 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1790: President George Washington signs a measure authorizing the first U.S. Census.

1872: President Ulysses S. Grant signs an act creating Yellowstone National Park.

1932: Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, is kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, N.J. (Remains identified as those of the child are found the following May.)

1943: Wartime rationing of processed foods under a point system begins in the U.S.

1954: Puerto Rican nationalists open fire from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five congressmen.

1961: President John F. Kennedy signs an executive order establishing the Peace Corps.


1988: Lucinda Adams Leard of Champion Township sues two Connecticut art dealers for return of an heirloom portrait, a 1799 work by John Brewster Jr., that sold at auction for $852,000 a year after Mrs. Leard was paid $180,000. The suit claims the painting was received through deceit and fraud.

Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey, who was influential in providing Sharon Steel Corp. with a $3 million state loan, participates in the rededication of a relined blast furnace at Sharon Steel’s Victor Posner Works in Farrell.

Deerfield area residents are disputing a federal Environmental Protection Agency report that concludes that the Summit National Service Dump poses no danger to drinking water.

1973: Youngstown City Council adopts a noise abatement ordinance aimed primarily at cars and motorcycles with altered or defective mufflers.

Fourth-seeded Cardinal Mooney explodes past Warren Harding, 69-49, and Salem’s Quakers stave off Niles, 55-47, to capture the first two bracket championships in the class AAA sectional basketball tournament at Struthers Field House.

1963: Brothers Jim and Ken Donatelli, 13 and 16 years old, escape from a fire in their Williamson Avenue home in their bare feet after being awakened by Duchess, their two-year-old Great Dane-boxer. The boys’ mother was in the hospital and their father at work.

Mahoning Common Pleas Judge David G. Jenkins upholds a contempt conviction handed to Dominick Moio of Canton by fire marshal Michael J. Melillo, after Moio refused to answer questions related to the bombing death of Billy Naples in Youngstown in July.

City firemen meet with Mayor Harry Savasten and ask for a 15 percent wage increase.

1938: Two little girls, Sylvia Harris, 8, and Florence Feldman, 7, are in South Side hospital after being struck by a hit-skip driver while crossing South Avenue on their way to Bennett School.

Creation of a new diocese of the Catholic Church with Youngstown at its center is being considered by the Vatican, prelates at Vatican City tell the Associated Press.

Fred A. Wagner, chairman of the Mahoning County commissioners, says federal officials have assured funding for WPA hiring of all indigent married men and all unmarried war veterans.

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