Years Ago

Today is Sunday, March 10, the 69th day of 2013. There are 296 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1785: Thomas Jefferson is appointed America’s minister to France, succeeding Benjamin Franklin.

1863: Edward, the Prince of Wales (and future King Edward VII), marries Princess Alexandra of Denmark at Windsor Castle.

1876: Alexander Graham Bell’s assistant, Thomas Watson, hears Bell say over his experimental telephone: “Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you.”

1880: The Salvation Army arrives in the United States from England.

1893: Ivory Coast becomes a French colony.

1913: Former slave, abolitionist and Underground Railroad “conductor” Harriet Tubman dies in Auburn, N.Y.; she was in her 90s.

1933: A magnitude 6.4 earthquake centers off Long Beach, Calif., resulted in 120 deaths.

1949: Nazi wartime broadcaster Mildred E. Gillars, also known as “Axis Sally,” is convicted in Washington, D.C., of treason. (She serves 12 years in prison.)

1969: James Earl Ray pleads guilty in Memphis, Tenn., to assassinating civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. (Ray later repudiates that plea, maintaining his innocence until his death.)

1973: The Pink Floyd album “The Dark Side of the Moon” is first released in the U.S. by Capitol Records (the British release comes nearly two weeks later).

1985: Konstantin U. Chernenko, who was the Soviet Union’s leader for just 13 months, dies at age 73.


1988: Continental Express pulls its commuter service out of Youngstown Municipal Airport after nearly three months of low ridership.

Youngstown Councilwoman Darlene Rogers blocks a zone change sought to build a $1 million medical office complex on Fifth Avenue saying the zone change between Redondo Road and Fairgreen Avenue would change the residential character of the neighborhood.

U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. writes to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir accusing Israel of using heavy-handed tactics against Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank and Gaza.

1973: The city of Youngstown and its Board of Health are summoned to appear before Common Pleas Judge Sidney J. Rigelhaupt to show cause why they will not rehire Dr. John Dahmen as director of environmental health and assistant health commissioner.

Dr. Thomas Shipka, president of the YSU Ohio Education Association chapter, says everything but a few odds and ends have been negotiated toward a contract between the OEA and Youngstown State University.

Four Youngstown Diocesan priests will join their classmate, John Cardinal Dearden, archbishop of Detroit, to mark the 40th anniversary of their ordination. They are the Rev. Joseph Palermo, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Gordon Gutman, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Glenn D. Holdbrook and the Rev. Herman Klocker.

1963: Dr. J.B. Stechschulte of Youngstown says his first cousin, Dr. C.J. Stechschulte of Lima, Peru, is the physician attending to the quadruplet daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Axe. He says he’s not surprised, describing his cousin as a “pretty hot shot pediatrician” in the Lima area.

Seventeen members of the largest ordination class in the history of the Cleveland Diocese will take part in their 30th ordination anniversary reunion at St. Lucy Church in Campbell. The class’ most eminent member is the Most Rev. John F. Dearden, archbishop of Detroit and successor in that post to Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown native.

1938: Paul L. Strait, secretary of the Youngstown Metropolitan Area Housing Authority, says Youngstown’s $3.6 million slum clearance proposal is likely to get approval from President Franklin Roosevelt within a week.

Mayor Lionel Evans declares “Snow White Week” in conjunction with the showing of Walt Disney’s feature cartoon, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at the Palace Theater.

Cecil Hepburn, a World War veteran laid off from the mills, says his family of eight is starving in the Fruit Street home because he has been denied relief by Mahoning County. Hepburn, a Youngstown native, had returned to the city from Beaver, Pa., to take a mill job, but was laid off before completing the one-year residency necessary to qualify for welfare relief.

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