Years Ago

Today is Good Friday, March 29, the 88th day of 2013. There are 277 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1812: Lucy Payne Washington, the sister of First Lady Dolley Madison, and Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd are married in the first White House wedding.

1882: The Knights of Columbus is chartered in Connecticut.

1912: British explorer Robert Falcon Scott, his doomed expedition stranded in an Antarctic blizzard after failing to be the first to reach the South Pole, writes the last words of his journal: “For Gods sake look after our people.”

1943: World War II rationing of meat, fats and cheese begins.

1962: Jack Paar hosts NBC’s “Tonight” show for the final time. (Johnny Carson debuts as host the following October.)

1971: Army Lt. William L. Calley Jr. is convicted of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai massacre. (Calley ends up serving three years under house arrest.)

1973: The last United States combat troops leave South Vietnam, ending America’s direct military involvement in the Vietnam War.


1988: CSC of Warren is considering a joint venture with Daido Steel Co. of Japan that could lead to the construction of a $15 million forging operation at the old Copperweld complex in Warren.

Months of speculation that the National Weather Station at Youngstown Municipal Airport would reduce operations or possibly close have ended with the authorization to hire another staffer to retain the facility at full strength.

Multitech Group of Dayton says it expects to create 24 jobs when it builds an infectious waste incinerator in Youngstown Commerce Park in North Jackson.

1973: The Youngstown Board of Education will operate on a 1973 budget of $23.4 million, only $25,000 more than that of a year earlier.

Because of high accident frequency among city employees on the job, Youngstown paid premium penalties of almost $321,000 to Workmen’s Compensation between 1967 and 1971.

1963: Wanda Shipek, a junior at Wilson High School, is declared top saleswoman in Youngstown Junior Achievement.

Alfred S. Glossbrenner, president of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., tells 600 industrialists at the Mahoning Valley Industrial Council banquet that a campaign by business interests against rackets in the Youngstown district will be stepped up.

1938: Two Youngstown youngsters representing the Monday Musical Club win first place trophies at the Ohio festival of the National Federation of Music Clubs held in Dayton, Ben McKay for original composition in piano and Olga Parfenchuk for advanced violin.

The Vindicator’s staff of 350 — reporters and editors, stereotypers, printers, pressmen, mailers, advertising and circulation men and others — welcome a huge crowd of visitors at the newspaper’s open house.

Gasoline station operators will be trained by Youngstown police to use firearms and how to act during a holdup, as Police Chief Carl Olson promises police action to curb gas station robberies.

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