Years Ago

Today is Thursday, March 6, the 65th day of 2014. There are 300 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1834: The city of York in Upper Canada is incor-porated as Toronto.

1853: Verdi’s opera “La Traviata” premieres in Venice, Italy.

1857: The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Dred Scott v. Sandford that Scott, a slave, is not an American citizen and cannot sue for his freedom in federal court.

1912: Oreo sandwich cookies are first introduced by the National Biscuit Co.

1933: A national bank holiday declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt aimed at calming panicked depositors goes into effect.

1944: U.S. heavy bombers stage the first full-scale American raid on Berlin during World War II.

1953: Georgy Malenkov is named premier of the Soviet Union a day after the death of Josef Stalin.

1967: The daughter of Josef Stalin, Svetlana Alliluyeva, appears at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and declares her intention to defect to the West.

1970: A bomb being built inside a Greenwich Village townhouse by the radical Weathermen accidentally goes off, destroying the house and killing three group members.


1989: Terrence H. Link, president, and Stanley Kwiatkowski, vice president of NRM Corp. in Columbiana, say employment has tripled to 520 since they bought NRM in 1986 thanks to a growing plastics industry and a focus on exports.

Bill White, a 1952 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School who was recently named president of Major League Baseball’s National League, tells The Vindicator’s Pete Mollica that his goal is to improve relations between players and umpires and between players and owners.

In the wake of an ambush of a Youngstown police officer during a drug raid, Police Chief Randall Wellington issues an order requiring officers to wear bulletproof vests during raids.

1974: Don H. Gosney, Columbiana County Democratic Party chairman, is re-elected chairman of the Columbiana County Board of Elections, even though two cases challenging his suitability to serve on the elections board are pending before the Ohio Supreme Court.

The Youngstown Board of Education denies any part in creating any racial imbalance in the city’s public schools.

Jon Brittain, a 1961 graduate of Columbiana High School who earned a fine arts degree at Kent State University, writes script for St. Elizabeth Hospital’s fund-raising revue that will be performed at Powers Auditorium.

1964: Dr. Howard W. Jones, president of Youngstown University, declares that nearly $20 million will be available over the next 10 years for expansion of the university.

The first week of Ohio’s emergency electrical safety inspection of nursing homes uncovers 20 in the Youngstown district with defects and only two with no problems.

Cleveland Amory, one of the country’s wittiest social commentators, is the Youngstown Junior League Town Hall lecturer, calling for legislation against the needless torture of laboratory animals.

1939: An order for nearly $200,000 worth of cement for the Mahoning Creek flood control dam in Western Pennsylvania is awarded to Bessemer Limestone & Cement Co. of Youngstown by the U.S. Army engineers office in Pittsburgh.

John Fedzsky, arrested at the Owls’ Nest on Wilson Avenue on two charges of bootlegging, is sentenced to a year in jail and fined $500 by Justice of the Peace Harold C. Waller of Poland.

Youngstown Players will launch the second half of the 1938-39 season at the Playhouse with a presentation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Ernest.”

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