Years Ago

Today is Palm Sunday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2013. There are 282 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1765: Britain enacts the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.

1832: A mob in Hiram, Ohio, attacks, tars and feathers Mormon leaders Joseph Smith Jr. and Sidney Rigdon.

1913: New York’s Palace Theatre, the legendary home of vaudeville, opens on Broadway.

1944: In occupied Rome, the Nazis execute more than 300 civilians in reprisal for an attack by Italian partisans that had killed 32 German soldiers.

1958: Rock-and-roll singer Elvis Presley is inducted into the Army in Memphis, Tenn.

1980: El Salvador’s highly respected Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero is shot to death by a sniper as he celebrates Mass in San Salvador.

1989: The Exxon Valdez runs aground on a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and begins leaking 11 million gallons of crude oil.


1988: A ribbon cutting at a Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority duplex in Austintown opens a new era in scattered site public housing in the Mahoning Valley, says Dr. James E. Baugh, acting assistant secretary for public housing in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Youngstown City Councilman Charles P. Sammarone says city sewer lines should not be extended to the proposed site of a Petro Truck Stop in Weathersfield Township unless the land is annexed to the city.

Temperatures in the Mahoning Valley top 70 degrees in an early spring heat wave.

1973: A deputy dog warden involved in the insufficient gassing and gunshot wounding of a dog at a landfill on Route 62 is suspended for five days. The dog, which revived just before being bulldozed, is in a veterinarian’s care.

The Internal Revenue Service charges a 60-year-old Kenyon Avenue man with claiming his dogs, Keith and Theodore, as dependants on his 1971 tax return.

1963: The Rev. William Herbert Hudnut Sr., 98, a leading voice in civic affairs during his 38 years in Youngstown as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, sends a letter from his home in Detroit decrying racket influences in Youngstown. “We had struggles … involving strikes, flu epidemics, World War I’s problems … but no one called our city Murder City,” he wrote.

Mary Ellen Stoffel, a junior in the Youngstown Hospital Association School of Nursing, wins the student nurse contest sponsored by the Eastern Ohio Student Nurses Association.

The decision of the Austintown Local Board of Education to eliminate baccalaureate services for future graduating classes arouses indignation among students, alumni, parents and church leaders.

1938: U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan announces a $73,207 federal project that will pay for the employment of needy persons to furnish free assistance in homes of the needy where the housewife is incapacitated by illness or confinement.

Dr. Glenn Frank, chairman of the National Republican Policy Committee, speaks to the Youngstown Chamber of Commerce forum at the Ohio Hotel.

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