Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2014. There are 302 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1789: The Constitution of the United States takes effect as the first Federal Congress meets in New York. (The lawmakers then adjourn for lack of a quorum.)

1791: Vermont becomes the 14th state.

1861: Abraham Lincoln is inaugurated as the 16th president of the United States.

1863: The Idaho Territory is created.

1913: The “Buffalo nickel” officially goes into circulation.

1930: Coolidge Dam in Arizona is dedicated by its namesake, former President Calvin Coolidge.

1944: Mobsters Louis Capone, Louis “Lepke” Buchalter and Emanuel Weiss are executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, N.Y., for the murder of business owner Joseph Rosen.

1952: Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis are married in San Fernando Valley, Calif.

1964: Teamsters president James Hoffa and three co-defendants are found guilty by a federal court in Chattanooga, Tenn., of jury tampering.

1974: The first issue of People Weekly is published by Time-Life Inc.; on the cover is actress Mia Farrow, co-starring in “The Great Gatsby.”

1989: Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc. announce plans for a huge media merger.

1994: In New York, four extremists are convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that killed six people and injured more than a thousand.

2004: Mounir el Motassadeq, convicted in Germany in connection with the 9/11 attacks, wins a retrial from an appeals court. (El Motassadeq was later convicted of helping three of the suicide hijackers and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, the maximum possible under German law.)

2009: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, addressing a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, calls on Americans to look beyond their own tumbling financial markets to see a world gripped by an “economic hurricane” that could be turned around with U.S. help.


1989: U.S. Sen. John Glenn of Ohio says any senator who has even one alcoholic drink during a day when the Senate is in session should be removed from office.

Bishop Robert W. Kelley of the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church will preach at the service making the 100th anniversary of Bethel Lutheran Church at 425 Crestview Ave.

Rite Aid Corp. purchases 114 People’s Drug Stores in Ohio from Montreal-based Imasco Ltd.

1974: East Palestine officials believe they are nearing an agreement to replace the Brookdale Avenue Bridge, four years after a Penn-Central freight train loaded with new automobiles destroyed it, spilling more than 250 cars.

The Western Reserve Transit Authority agrees to buy for $352,000 the Mahoning Avenue bus terminal, buses and equipment it leases from the Youngstown Transit Co.

A 51-year record is one of three that Sunday’s “midsummer” weather toppled, with highs of 70 degrees downtown and 72 at the Youngstown Municipal Airport. The readings were 31 degrees above normal.

1964: Atty. Earl King files a taxpayer’s suit in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court seeking to block commissioners from proceeding with construction of a new jail and office building without a vote of the people.

A 16-year-old West Side boy, Charles Conrecode, is beaten viciously by a gang of juveniles as he was about to enter St. Christine Church on S. Schenley Avenue.

Commercial Shearing & Stamping Co. directors accept the retirement of Ward Beecher, vice chairman and vice president-finance. The board also hires Hanahan and Strollo architects to design a new office building that will provide 80 percent more floor space.

1939: Thirty petitions are being circulated in Warren to place a referendum on the November ballot to repeal an ordinance setting a mandatory retirement age of 60 in the police and fire departments, which effectively forces Police Chief Barney J. Gillen out of office.

The Nellis Construction Co. of East Liverpool is awarded the contract for construction of the South Side swimming pool as a PWA project at a cost of $44,387.

Archbishop Edward A. Mooney of Detroit, a Youngstown native, predicts that “the Catholic world will hail with joy the election of the new pope,” Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli, who took the title Pope Pius XII.

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