Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2013. There are 294 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1864: Ulysses S. Grant is promoted to the rank of general-in-chief of the Union armies in the Civil War by President Abraham Lincoln.

1912: The Girl Scouts of the USA has its beginnings as Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga., founds the first American troop of the Girl Guides.

1923: Inventor Lee De Forest publicly demonstrates his sound-on-movie-film system, called “Phonofilm,” in New York.

1933: President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers the first of his 30 radio addresses that come to be known as “fireside chats,” telling Americans what is being done to deal with the nation’s economic crisis.

1943: Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” has its world premiere with Eugene Goossens conducting the Cincinnati Symphomy.

1951: “Dennis the Menace,” created by cartoonist Hank Ketcham, makes its syndicated debut in 16 newspapers.

1980: A Chicago jury finds John Wayne Gacy Jr. guilty of the murders of 33 men and boys. (The next day, Gacy is sentenced to death; he was executed in May 1994.)

1993: Janet Reno is sworn in as the first female U.S. attorney general.

A three-day blizzard that comes to be known as “The Storm of the Century” begins inundating the eastern third of the U.S.

A series of bombings in Mumbai, India, kills 257 people (the explosions were allegedly masterminded by India’s most wanted man, Dawood Ibrahim).


1988: The price of G.F. Furniture Systems Inc. property being eyed as the site for the state’s newest prison may be reduced to increase Youngstown’s chances of landing the $39 million facility.

The unbeaten Lady Mustangs of Mathews High School qualify for the state meet for the first time, beating Old Washington Buckeye Trail, 75-57, in the girls Division III regional final. Judy Santiago had 26 points and Dianne Rappach, 22.

1973: Mahoning County Democratic Chairman Jack Sulligan is perhaps the most durable politician in the history of Mahoning County, having headed the local party since 1949, being re-elected every two years with a unanimous vote of the committeemen.

Coming to Cherry’s Top of the Mall at the Eastwood Mall, direct from the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, comedian Pat Cooper.

1963: Hundreds of high school seniors get a first hand look at the operations of government, industry and commerce as participants in the 25th annual Civic Day program sponsored by the Hi-Y and Tri-Hi-Y Clubs.

Mrs. Sadie Vimmerstedt of Youngstown, co-author with Johnny Mercer of one of the nation’s top songs, “I Wanna Be Around,” could net as much as $50,000 in royalties.

1938: Hundreds of area youngsters troop to downtown Youngstown to see “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at the Palace Theater.

Dr. Charles Burgess Ketcham of Cleveland, who rose to prominence in a career that started with a Youngstown church position, is elected the new president of Mount Union College.

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