Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1861: The Constitution of the Confederate States of America is adopted by the Confederate Congress in Montgomery, Ala.

1888: The Blizzard of ’88, also known as the “Great White Hurricane,” begins inundating the northeastern United States, resulting in some 400 deaths.

1930: Former President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

1942: As Japanese forces continue to advance in the Pacific during World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur leaves the Philippines for Australia. (MacArthur, who subsequently vowed, “I shall return,” kept that promise more than 21/2 years later.)

1954: The U.S. Army charges that Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., and his subcommittee’s chief counsel, Roy Cohn, have exerted pressure to obtain favored treatment for Pvt. G. David Schine, a former consultant to the subcommittee. (The confrontation culminates in the famous Senate Army-McCarthy hearings.)


1989: Trumbull County commissioners pull $83,500 out of Sheriff Richard Jakmas’ budget because they say the money is not being used to pay deputies and dispatchers, which is what the commissioners intended.

Florence Harshman of Youngstown is among 16 women who will be inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in recognition of her work in developing programs to combat sexual and drug abuse.

1974: Trailing by 10 points in the third quarter, Boardman High rallies to defeat Warren Western Reserve, 87-83, in the Class AAA District Final before 3,000 fans at Struthers Field House. Don Filip led Boardman with 31 points.

Twelve cars of a 124-car freight train derail on the Penn Central tracks, blocking the Main Street crossing in Columbiana. An old depot was destroyed and auto traffic was blocked for hours.

About 600 people attend a recital at Canfield High School by John DeMain, former Youngstowner who is associate conductor of the St. Paul, Minn., Chamber Orchestra.

1964: Thirty-five students aboard a Canfield school bus escape injury when their bus stuck a car stopped at the scene of an accident in Route 62 a half-mile east of Route 46.

A total of 1,723 people forget the dismal weather and enjoy the spring-like atmosphere of the 13th annual Home and Garden Show at the Idora Park Ballroom.

About 100 people displaced in Warren by the rising Mahoning River find refuge in the Third Christian Church on First Street SW.

1939: Hubbard Post 51 of the American Legion will observe its 20th anniversary with a dinner at the home of Otto B. Herman on E. Liberty Street.

The last streetcar on the 30-year-old Sharon Line leaves Boardman Street at 12:40 a.m. full of lawyers, doctors, steel men and Hubbard Mayor R.C. Bowers, all of whom had fond memories of riding the line.

Residents of a 121/2-acre section of southwest Mahoning County petition Mahoning County commissioners to allow them to secede from the county so that the territory can be annexed to Alliance.

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