Years Ago

Today is Monday, March 25, the 84th day of 2013. There are 281 days left in the year. The Jewish holiday Passover begins at sunset.


On this date in :

1306: Robert the Bruce is crowned the King of Scots.

1894: Jacob S. Coxey begins leading an “army” of unemployed from Massillon, Ohio, to Washington D.C., to demand help from the federal government.

1911: One hundred and forty-six people, mostly young female immigrants, are killed when fire breaks out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York.

1947: A coal mine explosion in Centralia, Ill., claims 111 lives.

1963: Private pilot Ralph Flores and his 21-year-old passenger, Helen Klaben, are rescued after being stranded for seven weeks in brutally cold conditions in the Yukon after their plane crashed.

1965: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leads 25,000 marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery, Ala., to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks.

1988: In New York City’s so-called “Preppie Killer” case, Robert Chambers Jr. pleads guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Jennifer Levin. (Chambers receives a sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison; he is released in 2003.)


1988: John Ingram, infamous in the Youngstown area for torturing an infant in 1969 and for a night of rape, murder, robbery and kidnapping at a Wilson Avenue bar in 1976, dies an apparently peaceful death at the Lucasville state prison at the age of 38.

A lengthy FBI undercover sting operation targeting alleged auto thieves in Mahoning and Trumbull counties leads to the indictment of 22 men, including at least 16 from the Valley, in federal court in Cleveland.

1973: The United Telephone Co. is installing four “dime-a-call” pay telephones in the Youngstown Municipal Airport terminal lobby to connect the airport with Youngstown.

In a rare concession to women, Pope Paul VI gives his official blessing to women distributing communion in Roman Catholic Churches where priests are scarce.

1963: Joseph F. Martinko, 64, one of the district’s most widely known orchestra leaders and musicians, dies of a stroke in St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Earline Caffie, 27, and Warren L.B. Hill, 32, die in a fire that damaged a frame rooming house at 777 S. Pine St. in Warren. Five others escape the fire in the city’s “Flats” area.

1938:Zorine, “world’s most famous nudist” who became internationally famous in competition with Sally Rand at the Chicago World’s Fair, is stranded in Youngstown after the Princess Theater where she was playing folded and the owners left town without paying Zorine, a dozen members of her cast and stagehands.

Robert Lee Wright, formerly of Pittsburgh, pleads guilty to murder in the second-degree for killing Lucille Morris, 1040 Caldwell St., in a fight over a dime in 1936. Judge Erskine Maiden Jr. sentences him to life imprisonment in the Ohio Penitentiary.

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