Years Ago

Today is Ash Wednesday, March 5, the 64th day of 2014. There are 301 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1766: Antonio de Ulloa arrives in New Orleans to assume his duties as the first Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory, where he encounters resistance from the French residents.

1868: The Senate is organized into a Court of Impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson, who is later acquitted.

1933: In German parliamentary elections, the Nazi Party wins 44 percent of the vote; the Nazis join with a conservative nationalist party to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.

1934: The first Mothers-in-Law Day celebration and parade takes place in Amarillo, Texas.

1946: Winston Churchill delivers his “Iron Curtain” speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. Churchill declares: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.”

1953: Soviet dictator Josef Stalin dies after three decades in power, and composer Sergei Prokofiev dies in Moscow at age 61.

1960: Elvis Presley is discharged from the U.S. Army.

1963: Country music performers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins die in the crash of their plane, a Piper Comanche, near Camden, Tenn., along with pilot Randy Hughes (Cline’s manager).

1970: The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons takes effect after 43 nations ratify it.

1979: NASA’s Voyager 1 space probe flies past Jupiter, sending back photographs of the planet and its moons.

1994: A jury in Pensacola, Fla., convicts anti-abortion activist Michael F. Griffin of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Dr. David Gunn; Griffin is immediately sentenced to life in prison.

2009: President Barack Obama hosts a White House summit where he pumps allies and skeptics alike for ways to overhaul the nation’s costly and frustrating health care system.


1989: A Youngstown police officer, Bruce Palmer, 23, is shot and his assailant critically wounded and four people are taken into custody after an East Side drug raid erupts in gunfire.

Mahoning County Treasurer-elect George M. McKelvey says that if the Youngstown Board of Education does not grant him a leave of absence from his job as an assistant principal of Adams Junior High School, “there is nothing in law that precludes (him) from holding both jobs.”

The Butler Institute of American Art will host the Ohio Museums Association’s annual conference and has booked U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., as the keynote speaker, focusing on “Very Special Arts,” a national program that encourages the disabled and handicapped to become involved in the arts.

1974: Randy Gradishar, former Ohio State University linebacker and Champion High School football star, is named winner of the $1,000 Dolly Cohen Scholarship for graduate studies.

A 43-year-old Akron man is arrested and charged with attempting to extort $2 million from Akron Beacon Journal publisher Ben Maidenberg under a threat of abduction by the “American Revolutionary Party” unless the money were turned over to feed Akron’s poor.

Chaney High School football coach Ed Matey reveals that his star quarterback, Matt Cavanaugh, will go to the University of Pittsburgh.

1964: Packaging Corporation of America will expand its corrugated container plant at 600 N. Meridian Road to three times its present size and increase its number of employees by 50 percent.

The Mahoning River overflows its banks downtown by several feet following the heaviest rain in five years.

The G.M. McKelvey Co. buys the J.C. Penney site on W. Federal Street and plans to build a five-story parking garage.

1939: Two thieves grab a bag containing $500 in cash and checks from Nelle Kelly, a cashier for the George J. Renner Brewing Co., as she was entering the South Side branch of the City Trust & Savings Bank on Market Street.

The Upper Ohio Valley Association, composed of industrial and business leaders from Western Pennsylvania, North West Virginia and some parts of Ohio, declares its “unalterable” opposition to a federal government proposal to build a $207 million canal linking Lake Erie and the Ohio River.

John Peck, arrested at the Steel City Club in a raid by the vice squad during which three slot machines were seized, is given a suspended fine by Municipal Judge Peter B. Mulholland, without the knowledge of the city prosecutor’s office and without an open hearing.

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