Years Ago

Today is Thursday, March 13, the 72nd day of 2014. There are 293 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1781: The seventh planet of the solar system, Uranus, is discovered by Sir William Herschel.

1862: President Abraham Lincoln signs a measure prohibiting Union military officers from returning fugitive slaves to their owners.

1901: The 23rd president of the United States, Benjamin Harrison, dies in Indianapolis at age 67.

1925: The Tennessee General Assembly approves a bill prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution. (Gov. Austin Peay signed the measure on March 21.)

1933: Banks in the U.S. begin to reopen after a “holiday” declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

1934: A gang that includes John Dillinger and “Baby Face” Nelson robs the First National Bank in Mason City, Iowa, making off with $52,344.

1947: The Lerner and Loewe musical “Brigadoon,” about a Scottish village which magically reappears once every 100 years, opens on Broadway.

1954: The Battle of Dien Bien Phu begins during the First Indochina War as communist forces attack French troops, who were defeated nearly two months later.

1964: Bar manager Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, 28, is stabbed to death near her Queens, N.Y., home; the case generates controversy over the supposed reluctance of Genovese’s neighbors to respond to her cries for help. (Genovese’s killer, Winston Moseley, remains in prison.)

1969: Apollo 9 astronauts splash down, ending a mission that included the successful testing of the Lunar Module.


1989: Jane Hann, the new managing director of the Youngstown Playhouse, says plans call for the new season to open with “Bus Stop.”

Stephen A. Rendick of Hermitage, who killed a teenage girl and seriously wounded two other girls, is sentenced to life in prison by Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Francis J. Fornelli.

Michael Graves, one of the world’s premiere architects, tells 600 people at the Butler Institute of American Art that architecture of the last decade or so has adopted a wrong-headed principle that “the more glass the better.”

1974: About 35 East Palestine residents attend a public hearing on the city’s proposed sale of its 75-year-old light plant to Ohio Edison for $3.5 million.

General Motors Corp. is the apparent low bidder for 50 air conditioned diesel buses for the Western Reserve Transit Authority at a cost of $2.2 million.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Clyde W. Osborne grants the Youngstown Education Association a one-week extension to pay the $12,500 in contempt of court fines owed from a fall strike by school employees.

1964: Youngstown can continue to look forward in 1964 to the good business enjoyed in 1964, says the Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce during the annual business roundup.

State inspectors find 1,670 electrical wiring violations in 303 nursing and rest homes and Dr. Emmett W. Arnold, director of the health department, says attempts will be made to revoke their licenses.

1939: A week of steady heavy rains sends the yellow roiling waters of dozens of Mahoning Valley creeks and rivers overflowing their banks.

A capacity house greets Grace Moore of the Metropolitan Opera, radio and screen fame when she makes her first Youngstown appearance in Stambaugh Auditorium as the closing concert of the Monday Musical Club’s artist series.

Salineville, a coal mining town with the saltiest drinking water in this section of the country, is preparing to welcome back its native sons and daughters for its centennial celebration in the summer.

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