Years Ago

Today is Friday, March 8, the 67th day of 2013. There are 298 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1702: England’s Queen Anne accedes to the throne upon the death of King William III.

1862: During the Civil War, the ironclad CSS Virginia rams and sinks the USS Cumberland and heavily damages the USS Congress, both frigates, off Newport News, Va.

1874: The 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, dies in Buffalo, N.Y., at age 74.

1917: Russia’s “February Revolution” (so called because of the Old Style calendar used by Russians at the time) begins with rioting and strikes in Petrograd; the result is the abdication of the Russian monarchy in favor of a provisional government.


1988: State Rep. Ronald Gerberry, D-Austintown, says he will amend his bill aimed at routing toxic chemicals away from the Meander Reservoir to apply to only the riskiest loads.

Repairs are being completed on the Milton Dam and the two-month process of refilling the lake will begin within a week.

1973: Thomas E. Sawyer, vice president of Matt Connell Inc., a construction firm specializing in structural steel, is named Boss of the Year by the Youngstown Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.

Six youths are arrested and ordered to appear in juvenile court following a week of racial unrest at Washington Junior High School in New Castle, Pa.

1963: Boardman Township trustees turn down a proposed short-hole golf course on 20 acres on the north side of Western Reserve Road at Market Street.

The Niles YMCA buys the former Wachter Farm at 1615 Robbins Ave. for its new $100,000 building and outdoor recreation area.

1938: Youngstown Superintendent of Schools Pliny H. Powers reports to the board of education on his attendance at the National Educational Association meeting in Atlantic City. Powers says there is a need for citizenship and vocational education to prepare students to enter vocations of a nonprofessional type.

The Campbell Board of Education will seek $20,000 from the WPA for installation of lights and for landscaping and construction of rest rooms at Campbell Memorial Stadium. The local cost would be $5,000.

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