Years Ago

Today is Monday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2013. There are 302 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1789: The Constitution of the United States goes into effect as the first Federal Congress meets in New York.

1861: Abraham Lincoln is inaugurated as the 16th president of the United States.

The Confederate States of America adopts as its flag the original version of the Stars and Bars.

1888: Legendary college football coach Knute Rockne is born in Voss, Norway.

1913: The “Buffalo nickel” officially goes into circulation.

1943: “Mrs. Miniver” wins six Academy Awards, including best picture and best actress for Greer Garson (whose 51/2-minute acceptance speech became the butt of industry jokes). James Cagney wins best actor for “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

1987: President Ronald Reagan addresses the nation on the Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging that his overtures to Iran had “deteriorated” into an arms-for-hostages deal.


1988: Gov. Richard F. Celeste’s $615 million budget for 1989-90 includes $1 million for work at Lake Milton.

Youngstown City Council appears ready to put up $500,000 in seed money for a new downtown development agency, the Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corp.

1973: Soaring demand for steel throughout the world, coupled with the recent devaluation of the American dollar, are bringing back to the Youngstown district some long-last steel jobs and an increase in local payrolls.

Edward J. DeBartolo, owner of Thistledown raceway, says he’s prepared to build a new $15 million horse racing track if Ohio drops its ban on Sunday racing.

1963: A bandit armed with two .38 caliber pistols flees with $230 after forcing a bookkeeper and two customers into a stockroom at People’s Finance Co., 590 Youngstown-Poland Road.

About 75 independent garage owners and automotive wholesalers meet at the Krakusy Hall in Youngstown to advocate for periodic mandatory motor vehicle safety inspections in Ohio.

1938: Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. borrows $12.5 million from New York banks to pay for improvements and provide working capital.

Washington Bell, 47, a patient at South Side hospital, struggles with and stabs two orderlies with a pair of surgical scissors and then collapses and dies. He was being treated for pneumonia.

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