Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, March 13, the 72nd day of 2013. There are 293 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1925: The Tennessee General Assembly approves a bill prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution.

1933: Banks in the U.S. begin to reopen after a “holiday” declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

1943: Financier and philanthropist J.P. Morgan, Jr., 75, dies in Boca Grande, Fla.

1964: Bar manager Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, 28, is stabbed to death near her Queens, N.Y. home; the case generates controversy over the supposed failure of Genovese’s neighbors to respond to her cries for help.

1980: Ford Motor Chairman Henry Ford II announces he is stepping down, the same day a jury in Winamac, Ind., finds the company not guilty of reckless homicide in the fiery deaths of three young women in a Ford Pinto.


1988: Finance Director Gary Kubic says 20 to 30 city workers are likely to be furloughed by May to help avoid a projected $1.6 million deficit in the city’s budget by year’s end.

William J. Lyden Jr., head of the Lyden Co., and Mrs. Berry J. Gahagan of Boardman are honored as Irishman and Irishwoman of the year by the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Ladies of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

1973: Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. and Republic Steel Corp. pledge $45,000 toward an in-depth inspection of the Milton Dam that is expected to cost $100,000.

The financially troubled Erie-Lackawanna Railway says it is losing $600 a day on its Cleveland to Youngstown passenger train that runs five days a week.

Two Youngstown women are featured in recent movies: Elizabeth Hartman stars with Joe Don Baker in “Walking Tall” and Maureen McGovern sings “The Morning After,” theme song of “Poseidon Adventure.”

1963: Youngstown Law Director Russell G. Mock goes to the Ohio Supreme Court to get a bigger chunk of the state tax funds than either the Mahoning County Budget Commission or Ohio board of Tax Appeals was willing to grant.

Dozens of neighbors and Youngstown and Boardman police mount a five hour search for Elizabeth Woller, 5, who was believed to have disappeared from her home at 3815 Market St. She was found to have fallen asleep in a clothes hamper.

1938: Clarence Darrow, the former Kinsman Village boy who rose from a $30 a month country school teacher to the nation’s most famous defense lawyer, dies in Chicago at the age of 80.

Salem Police Chief Ralph Stiffer issues a warning to motorists who are ignoring traffic tickets; arrest warrants will be issued.

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