Years Ago

Today is Sunday, March 17, the 76th day of 2013. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick’s Day.


On this date in:

A.D. 461: (Or A.D. 493, depending on sources), St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, dies in Saul.

1762: New York’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade takes place.

1912: The Camp Fire Girls organization is incorporated in Washington, D.C., two years to the day after it was founded in Thetford, Vt. (It is now known as Camp Fire USA.)

1943: The Taoiseach of Ireland, Eamon de Valera, delivers a radio speech about “The Ireland That We Dreamed Of.”

1963: Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, an American, is beatified by Pope John XXIII. (She is canonized 12 years later by Pope Paul VI.)

1973: U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm, a freed prisoner of the Vietnam War, is joyously greeted by his family on the tarmac at Travis Air Force Base in California in a scene captured in a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Slava Veder of The Associated Press.


1988: Ohio Senate President Paul E. Gillmore, the state’s highest ranking elected Republican, endorses Youngstown for the proposed $39 million Northeast Ohio Correctional Institution.

U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., D-17th, a harsh critic of the Reagan administration’s support of Contra rebels in Nicaragua, expresses concern over the deployment of American soldiers in Honduras and says he is closely monitoring the situation.

1973: Earnest Holmes, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle, is arrested in the aftermath of a shooting spree and manhunt during which a State Highway Patrol helicopter pilot was wounded. Holmes, 24, said he became angry when two trucks blocked his passage in I-80.

At least 350 Youngstown area housewives pledge to observe meatless Tuesdays and Thursdays as a protest against dramatically rising meat prices. Meanwhile, Robert Anderson, president of Meatcutters Local 200, says 32 of his 1,000 members have already been laid off because of reduced sales.

Dan Maggianetti Jr., 65, director of safety for Plakie Toy Co. and former Boardman police chief and Youngstown vice squad chief, dies of a heart attack in South Side Hospital.

1963: A 28-year-old former New Castle, Pa., track star is in Jameson Memorial Hospital recovering from arsenic poisoning said to have been administered in small doses over a period of several months, and his wife has been committed to the psychiatric ward of the New Castle Hospital.

A canoe outing by Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Furst Jr. and their three children almost ends in tragedy when the canoe comes to a 3-foot dam in the Shenango River. Keith, 8, is carried over the dam and 300 feet down river before a passerby, Peter Lutton, pulled the boy from the river.

1938: George “Duke” Tablack, First Ward Struthers councilman who led the move to remove two councilmen because they held public school jobs and then came under fire for 12-year-old criminal charges, tells council “once I was a sinner, but now I have repented and become a good man.”

Gov. Martin L. Davey appoints Judge Herbert Abbott of Tiffin to succeed Ray Lawrence of Youngstown as a member of the Ohio Conservation Council.

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