Years Ago

Today is Thursday, March 21, the 80th day of 2013. There are 285 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1556: Thomas Cranmer, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, is burned at the stake for heresy.

1907: U.S. Marines arrive in Honduras to protect American lives and interests in the wake of political violence.

1960: About 70 people are killed in Sharpeville, South Africa, when police fire on black protesters.

1963: The Alcatraz federal prison island in San Francisco Bay is emptied of its last inmates and closed at the order of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

1965: Civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. begin their third, successful march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

1985: Police in Langa, South Africa, open fire on blacks marching to mark the 25th anniversary of Sharpeville; the reported death toll varies between 29 and 43.


1988: The Ungaro administration takes a major step in its quest to control the destiny of downtown with its takeover of the former Lustig’s Shoes building on the south side of Federal Plaza West between Hazel and Phelps streets.

The city of Warren is once again eyeing annexation of the Golden Triangle, an industrial area in Howland Township, with an offer to extend a sanitary sewer line along Dietz Road in exchange for the annexation of the industrial area.

1973: Youngstown Republican Councilman William Shranko suggests that the city establish a volunteer reserve police force of 100 men to be assigned during high crime periods and to fill in when regular officers are on vacation or off sick.

Attorneys and judges from six northeast Ohio counties will meet at the Ohio Hotel in Youngstown for the annual meetings of the Ohio State Bar Association District 13.

1963: Voter registration in Mahoning County is at 76,088, the lowest in four years with less than a week to register for the May primary. Registration was 78,552 in 1959.

Two former Youngstown men being held in Cleveland in a murder investigation have confessed to taking part in a $1 million arson fire that gutted the Youngstown Club.

1938: A crowd of 300, some of them Youngstown’s outstanding industrial, civic and political figures and some of them humble workers in the steel mills, pay homage to Ernest N. Nemenyi, Vindicator business writer, who receives the Hungarian Order of Merit at a banquet in the Hotel Ohio ballroom.

A crew of Youngstown firemen works for two hours to try to revive 7-year-old Jean LaVerne Gent, who was overcome by fumes from a water heater while taking a bath and then drowned in the bathtub at 2562 McGuffey Road.

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