Years Ago

Today is Saturday, March 9, the 68th day of 2013. There are 297 days left in the year. A reminder: Daylight-saving time begins Sunday at 2 a.m. Clocks go forward one hour.


On this date in:

1796: The future emperor of the French, Napoleon Bonaparte, marries Josephine de Beauharnais. (The couple later divorce.)

1862: During the Civil War, the ironclads USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimac) clash for five hours to a draw at Hampton Roads, Va.

1916: Mexican raiders led by Pancho Villa attack Columbus, N.M., killing 18 Americans.

1933: Congress, called into special session by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, begins its “hundred days” of enacting New Deal legislation.

1945: During World War II, U.S. B-29 bombers launch incendiary bomb attacks against Japan, resulting in an estimated 100,000 deaths.

1954: CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow critically reviews Wisconsin Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy’s anti-communism campaign on “See It Now.”

1962: The science fantasy novel “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle is first published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

1963: Two Los Angeles police officers, Ian Campbell and Karl Hettinger, are disarmed and abducted by ex-convicts Gregory Powell and Jimmy Lee Smith during a traffic stop in Hollywood; the officers are taken to an onion field near Bakersfield, Calif., where Campbell is shot to death while Hettinger manages to escape. (Powell and Smith were sent to prison; the case was detailed in the book “The Onion Field” by Joseph Wambaugh.)

1977: About a dozen armed Hanafi Muslims invade three buildings in Washington, D.C., killing one person and taking more than 130 hostages. (The siege ends two days later.)


1988: NASA is in such disarray that about 60 percent of its employees should be fired, B. Richard Gentry, project engineer of the Galileo Mission at the Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, says during a speech at Youngstown State University.

Local backers of Democratic presidential candidates say Michael S. Dukakis, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Albert Gore are Ohio’s frontrunners. James A. Traficant Jr. will only be on about half the counties’ ballots.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rejects a request by members of Youngstown’s minority community that half the work on an $11 million renovation of Westlake Terrace Homes be awarded to black contractors.

1973: Youngstown district steel operations reach 90 percent of capacity, the highest level since 1968.

Two Wabash Avenue brothers accused of raping an East Side girl are bound over to the Mahoning County grand jury.

William P. Fergus of Poland is appointed first director and secretary of the new Eastgate Development and Transportation Agency.

1963: Youngstown Law Director Russell G. Mock says distributors and retailers are cooperating in keeping obscene books and magazines off newsstands in the city.

Youngstown officials will meet with U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan to discuss the status of city applications for federal aid under the pubic works acceleration program.

The Dog House Inc., a restaurant chain founded 13 years ago in Youngstown, has grown to 14 units in three states and is launching a nationwide expansion program.

1938: Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. reports sales of $144 million in 1937, an increase of 13 percent over 1936, but profits were $12 million, only 3.64 percent higher than the previous year.

Former Lt. Gov. Charles Sawyer of Cincinnati will open his campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination with a reception at the Nu-elm Ballroom hosted by Municipal Judge William B. Spagnola. Fred Shutrump, chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, is backing Gov. Martin Davey for a third term.

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