Today is Monday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2014. There are 303 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1845: Florida becomes the 27th state.
1849: The U.S. Department of the Interior is established.
1913: More than 5,000 suffragists march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C., a day before the presidential inauguration of Woodrow Wilson.
1923: Time magazine, founded by Briton Hadden and Henry R. Luce, debuts.
1931: “The Star-Spangled Banner” becomes the national anthem of the United States as President Herbert Hoover signs a congressional resolution.
1934: Bank robber John Dillinger escapes from the Lake County Jail in Crown Point, Ind., along with another prisoner, Herbert Youngblood.
1943: In London’s East End, 173 people die in a crush of bodies at the Bethnal Green tube station, which is being used as a wartime air-raid shelter.
1945: The Allies fully secure the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese forces during World War II.
1989: An Ohio bill sponsored by state Sen. Paul E. Pfeifer of Bucyrus would authorize police officers to confiscate immediately the driver’s license of any motorist with a blood-alcohol content of 0.10 or above.
After a year of contentious debate the Trumbull General Health District Advisory Council votes to kill a proposed countywide housing code governing living conditions.
1974: General Motors Corp.’s record-breaking profits during the administration of Gov. John J. Gilligan do not support fears that government’s attitude toward business will put a halt to GM expansion in Ohio, says Ed Fire, president of IUE Local 717.
Youngstown swears in several new firefighters: Peter D’Alesio, Phil DeAngelo, John Sulik, Arthur DeCarlo, Hector Colon and Frank J. Rosa.
1964: Youngstown will seek bids on 430 seatbelts to be installed in city-owned cars and trucks after Mayor Anthony B. Flask orders the safety devices for all city vehicles.
Jim Vechiarella is hired to teach in Youngstown University’s geography department and as a full-time member of Football Coach Dike Beede’s coaching staff. Vechiarella, one of the university’s outstanding undergraduate gridders, the first “homegrown” addition to Beede’s staff.
1939: Catholic pastors in Youngstown are enthusiastic about the election of Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli as Pope Pius XII, noting that two former Youngstown churchmen, Archbishop Edward A. Mooney of Detroit and Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph P. Hurley, now in Rome, were closely associated with the new pope in the Vatican diplomatic service.
A black flag with white skull and crossbones flies over Warren city parks notifying residents of a traffic fatality, the first of the new year. The flag will fly for 24 hours whenever there’s a traffic death.
The Rev. Eugene Beach, pastor of the First Christian Church, says during a radio address that Youngstown College should have 30,000 books instead of the present 13,000.