Years Ago

Today is Friday, March 7, the 66th day of 2014. There are 299 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1850: In a three-hour speech to the U.S. Senate, Daniel Webster of Massachusetts endorses the Compromise of 1850 as a means of preserving the Union.

1876: Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his telephone.

1912: Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen arrives in Hobart, Australia, where he dispatches telegrams announcing his success in leading the first expedition to the South Pole the previous December.

1926: The first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversations take place between New York and London.

1936: Adolf Hitler orders his troops to march into the Rhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact.

1945: During World War II, U.S. forces cross the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany, using the damaged but still usable Ludendorff Bridge.

1965: A march by civil-rights demonstrators is violently broken up at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., by state troopers and a sheriff’s posse in what comes to be known as “Bloody Sunday.”

1975: The U.S. Senate revises its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the previously required two-thirds of senators present.

1983: The original version of The Nashville Network (now Spike) debuts.

1994: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., unanimously rules that a parody that pokes fun at an original work can be considered “fair use” that doesn’t require permission from the copyright holder. (The ruling concerned a parody of the Roy Orbison song “Oh, Pretty Woman” by the rap group 2 Live Crew.)

1999: Movie director Stanley Kubrick, whose films included “Dr. Strangelove,” “A Clockwork Orange” and “2001: A Space Odyssey,” dies in Hertfordshire, England, at age 70, having just finished editing “Eyes Wide Shut.”


1989: Hector Camacho wins a split decision over Youngstown’s Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini after a 12-round junior welterweight title bout in Reno, Nev.

Cardinal Mooney High School wins the state team title at the Ohio High School Speech and Debate Tournament in Sandusky and four local students win individual titles: Elaine Arvan of Canfield, Michael Scarsella of Cardinal Mooney, Hillary Ames of Ursuline and Malik Daniel of Girard.

State Rep. Joseph J. Vukovich III of Poland says House Democrats are not going to put their political futures on the line voting for Gov. Richard F. Celeste’s proposed education tax if the bill is going to be defeated in the Ohio Senate.

1974: Some 2,800 members of the United Auto Workers Local 1714 at the Fisher Body fabrication plant at the General Motors complex in Lordstown go out on strike, halting production of the Chevrolet Vega assembly plant.

Amil Dinsio, 36, of Mill Creek Blvd., is sentenced to two concurrent 10-year terms on conviction in federal court stemming from the May 1972 burglary of the Second National Bank of Warren, Lordstown branch, in which $430,000 was taken.

Edward J. DeBartolo of Youngstown, owner of Thistledown race track, tells the Ohio Racing Commission that he would build a new track in Northeastern Ohio if the commission prevailed on the Ohio Legislature to pass legislation that would streamline the process for transferring Thistledown’s racing schedule to the new track.

1964: A 2-year-old East Side child, Curtis Jenkins, dies in St. Elizabeth Hospital, two days after being dropped on his head by a male babysitter.

Fire of possible incendiary origin guts the Royal Grill, 40 E. Park Avenue in Niles, causing a loss that is expected to exceed $50,000.

Chester Reynolds, 18, helps his mother rescue his five younger brothers and sisters from the family’s East Side home, then is overcome while trying to salvage clothing and furniture before firemen arrived.

1939: Youngstown City Council passes resolutions authorizing the engineering department to initiate WPA or PWA projects to construct two fire stations, one in Fosterville and the other on South Avenue.

Mack Kellerman, new manager of Kline’s department store in Youngs-town, announces plans for an expansion and the hiring of additional employees.

The University of Pittsburgh, a gridiron power for more than two decades, has no football coaches after Coach John Bain Sutherland resigned in protest of Chancellor John G. Bowman’s institution of strictly amateur athletic programs. Sutherland’s four assistants were dismissed after his resignation.

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