Years Ago

Today is Friday, March 15, the 74th day of 2013. There are 291 days left in the year.


On this date in:

44 B.C.: Roman dictator Julius Caesar is assassinated by a group of nobles that includes Brutus and Cassius.

1913: President Woodrow Wilson meets with about 100 reporters for the first formal presidential press conference.

1919: Members of the American Expeditionary Force from World War I convene in Paris for a three-day meeting to found the American Legion.

1964: Actress Elizabeth Taylor marries actor Richard Burton in Montreal; it is her fifth marriage, his second.


1988: A small bus operated by the Youth Services at Northside Medical Center erupts into flames on a downtown street, apparently from a ruptured gas tank. The bus is destroyed, but no one is injured.

Trumbull County commissioners lend their official support, but no money, to creation of a port authority to operate the Youngstown Municipal Airport.

1973: Mayor Jack C. Hunter suggests that the Milton dam might be demolished as a last resort if an estimated $750,000 needed for repairs cannot be found.

The Ohio House approves a bill that will allow the use of multi-year license plates. An amendment that would have outlawed a practice of deputy registrars making political contributions is defeated by Democrats.

1963: FBI agents arrest a 32-year-old Lawrence County man and charge him with a $16,000 robbery of the Citizens Bank branch at Call’s Plaza in new Castle, Pa.

Heads of all three branches of government, President Kennedy, House Speaker John McCormack and Chief Justice Earl Warren, attend Rep. Michael J. Kirwan’s annual St. Patrick’s Day party in the main ballroom of the National Press Club.

1938: “Mayor” Francis Owens, East High School senior, serving as Youngstown’s Boy’s Day mayor, says the city is operating efficiently, but more should be done to control traffic.

The old Kyle homestead at 2126 Market St., built in 1846 and one of the last remaining Mahoning Valley landmarks, is razed to make room for a food market. Mrs. Tommy Thomas, the daughter of Elizas Kyle, is moving to a farm owned by the family in Boardman.

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