Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, March 6, the 65th day of 2013. There are 300 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1836: The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, falls to Mexican forces after a 13-day siege.

1853: Verdi’s opera “La Traviata” premieres in Venice, Italy.

1857: The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Dred Scott v. Sandford that Scott, a slave, is not an American citizen and cannot sue for his freedom in federal court.

1912: Oreo sandwich cookies are first introduced by the National Biscuit Co.

1933: A national bank holiday declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt aimed at calming panicked depositors goes into effect. (The holiday was supposed to last four days, but was extended until it was gradually lifted starting March 13.)

Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak, wounded in an attempt on then-President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt’s life the previous month, dies at a Miami hospital at age 59.


1988: The family of Eileen Faye Zarlenga, 29, who disappeared from her Girard Townhouse in January and was found stabbed to death four days later in Mahoning County, offers a $10,000 reward for information on her killing.

Of the five final sites being considered for the Northeast Ohio Correctional Institution, Youngstown would be the most expensive, according to a state analysis.

The North Side Coalition proposes that part of Fifth Avenue and adjoining side streets be declared a historical district to boost restoration efforts.

1973: Mr. and Mrs. Myron Howard of 640 Fairmont Ave. file a $160,000 lawsuit against Chrysler Motors Corp. and Austintown Chrysler-Ply- mouth saying a crash in which their 1970 Imperial rolled over three times was caused by a faulty accelerator about which they had previously complained to no avail.

General Motors is planning to step up output of its Chevrolet vans at the Lordstown plant, increasing from 25 to 30 vehicles per hour.

Reports of increased drug abuse in Boardman schools prompt township trustees to launch their own investigation into the extent of the problem and what can be done.

1963: Woodside Receiving Hospital will add a community service unit, a new concept that will make it possible for mentally ill patients to live at home during treatment.

Appearing in Youngs-town, Gov. James A. Rhodes gives his assurance that the present state administration will vigorously oppose any increases in state taxes on industrial business.

A half-mile ice jam in Neshannock Creek that threatened widespread flooding in downtown New Castle is broken up by a crane from Mooney Bros. Construction and dynamite charges are placed beneath the ice.

1938: The shotgun bandit strikes for the second time in a week robbing Frank Zeigler’s Food Market at 5234 Southern Blvd., and escaping with between $400 and $500.

The Road of Remembrance American Legion Post 472 in Youngstown is celebrating the fifth anniversary of obtaining its charter.

More than 150 Youngs-town families are opening their homes to house 800 young delegates who will descend on the city from scores of Ohio cities for the 13th annual YMCA Young Men’s conference.

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