Years Ago

Today is Saturday, March 8, the 67th day of 2014. There are 298 days left in the year. Daylight saving time begins Sunday at 2 a.m. locally. Clocks go forward one hour.


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1862: During the Civil War, the ironclad CSS Virginia rams and sinks the USS Cumberland and heavily damages the USS Congress, both frigates, off Newport News, Va.

1874: The 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, dies in Buffalo, N.Y., at age 74.

1917: Russia’s “February Revolution” (referring to the Old Style calendar) begins in Petrograd; the result is the abdication of the Russian monarchy in favor of a provisional government.

The U.S. Senate votes to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.

1930: The 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft, dies in Washington at age 72.

1944: Two days after an initial strike, U.S. heavy bombers resume raiding Berlin during World War II.

1965: The United States lands its first combat troops in South Vietnam as 3,500 Marines are brought in to defend the U.S. air base at Da Nang.

1971: Joe Frazier defeats Muhammad Ali by decision in what was billed as “The Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden in New York.

1979: Technology firm Philips demonstrates a prototype compact disc player during a press conference in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

1983: In a speech to the National Association of Evangelicals convention in Orlando, Fla., President Ronald Reagan refers to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.”


1989: Columbiana County Prosecutor Robert Herron says he’ll seek extradition from Virginia of an East Liverpool resident who has been charged in a $1.2 million investment fraud scheme.

A bill that would allow Ohioans to authorize in advance the removal of life-support systems if they become terminally ill is approved by the Senate and sent to the House.

The Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities is weighing its options after Boardman Fire Chief James E. Wilson says sprinkler and alarm systems must be installed at the proposed homes at 395 Melrose Ave., 407 Erskine Ave. and 22 Brookfield Ave. before he will approve them as group homes.

1974: Portage County Prosecutor Ronald Kane says he will give the April grand jury details of the fatal shooting of Gary Sherman, 21, of Alliance during a confrontation near Rootstown with agents of the Mahoning, Ashtabula, Trumbull Joint Narcotics Control Agency. Sherman was unarmed.

Warren police responding to a call of a robbery in progress at the Franklin Pharmacy, 1732 Youngstown Road SE, shoot and kill a 27-year-old suspect after he pointed a gun at a city policeman.

The Lake Erie Transportation Authority says it has narrowed down to 12 the number of possible sites for a regional jetport serving Northern Ohio, including one site in Trumbull County.

1964: Pre-Easter shoppers crowd downtown Youngstown stores and suburban shopping centers three weeks before Easter.

Vindicator newspaperboys Frank Yarosh and Paul Tomasic win a 12-day trip to Italy in a circulation contest sponsored by The Vindicator and Parade Magazine.

David Henderson, blind since birth, has been negotiating the Thiel College campus in Greenville, Pa., with the help of a seeing-eye dog for four years and will graduate with honors in June.

1939: In less than five months, Youngstown’s 538 downtown parking meters collected about 435,000 nickels or nearly $22,000.

J.C. Argetsinger, general counsel of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., and Phillip Murray, chairman of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee, have conducted several meetings in connection with unfair practices charges brought against the company by the National Labor Relations Board.

Mahoning County Coroner David H. Hauser ruled that the killing of Amos Archer, former Communist leader in Youngstown and a veteran of the Spanish Loyalist army, at his Hine Street home was justified. The suspect said he shot Archer after Archer threatened him with a razor.

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