Today is Thursday, March 7, the 66th day of 2013. There are 299 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1793: During the French Revolutionary Wars, France declares war on Spain.
1850: In a three-hour speech to the U.S. Senate, Daniel Webster of Massachusetts endorses the Compromise of 1850 as a means of preserving the Union.
1876: Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his telephone.
1912: Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen arrives in Hobart, Australia, where he dispatches telegrams announcing his success in leading the first expedition to the South Pole the previous December.
1926: The first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversations take place between New York and London.
1936: Adolf Hitler orders his troops to march into the Rhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact.
1988: Youngstown is imposing 15 percent water- rate increases on 60,000 customers in the city and adjoining suburbs.
The Ohio Highway Patrol is using portable scales to crack down on overloaded coal trucks, but area coal haulers say Ohio’s low limits make it impossible to make a living hauling legal loads of about 16 net tons.
1973: Marguerite Tod Owsley, 57, great-granddaughter of David Tod, Ohio’s Civil War governor, and wife of Richard P. Owsley, owner of the Silver Manufacturing Co. in Salem, dies at her Delray Beach, Fla., home after a long illness.
Fred Gronvall, president of the Youngstown Board of Trade, says 14 downtown merchants have agreed to continue their free Saturday bus ride program. Tokens good for a Saturday ride to or from downtown are given to anyone providing proof of a $5 purchase.
1963: Sandra Slack, 22, a temporary clerk at the Glenwood Dairy, wins a permanent job after exchanging fire with two bandits, sending them fleeing empty-handed.
Miller Foulk, a real estate developer and Milton Township trustee, says the city Park and Recreation Commission’s attempt to charge an annual dock fee is an attack on property rights of Lake Milton landowners.
Four parochial school pupils are slightly injured when their school bus en route to Sts. Cyril and Methodius School skidded on Rush Boulevard and struck at tree.
1938: Mahoning County’s relief costs will exceed $100,000 for the month for the first time since 1935, says Relief Director Isadore L. Feuer.
City Council is told that unless the current tax collection shows an unexpected increase, several high-paying positions in the police and fire departments may be abolished.