Today is Saturday, March 15, the 74th day of 2014. There are 291 days left in the year.
On this date in:
44 B.C.: Roman dictator Julius Caesar is assassinated by a group of nobles that includes Brutus and Cassius.
1493: Christopher Columbus returns to Spain, concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
1767: The seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, is born in Waxhaw, S.C.
1820: Maine becomes the 23rd state.
1913: President Woodrow Wilson meets with about 100 reporters for the first formal presidential press conference.
1919: Members of the American Expeditionary Force from World War I convene in Paris for a three-day meeting to found the American Legion.
1944: During World War II, Allied bombers again raid German-held Monte Cassino.
1956: The Lerner and Loewe musical play “My Fair Lady,” based on Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” opens on Broadway.
1964: Actress Elizabeth Taylor marries actor Richard Burton in Montreal.
1970: Expo ’70, the world’s fair promoting “Progress and Harmony for Mankind,” opens in Osaka, Japan.
1975: Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis dies near Paris at age 69.
1985: The first Internet domain name, symbolics.com, is registered by the Symbolics Computer Corp. of Massachusetts.
1999: An Amtrak train slams into a steel-filled truck at a crossing in Bourbonnais, Ill., killing 11 people.
1989: Trumbull County Democratic Party Chairman Dr. William J. Timmins Jr. says he relied on state party authority when disbursing campaign funds that came from local license bureaus, which until 1988 were required to kickback 15 cents per transaction to the party.
The Boardman Township Board of Zoning Appeals denies a special permit sought by Gateways to Better Living for a group home for mentally retarded adults on Applecrest Court.
A survey commissioned by the YWCA shows Youngstown’s homeless need more emergency family shelters and subsidized housing.
1974: The Ohio Board of Regents has taken no official stand on the Northeast Ohio College of Medicine, but Dr. Stanley W. Olson, provost, tells the Mahoning-Shenango Area Health Education Network that the college has a “green light” and is proceeding on schedule.
Tony Lozier, owner of Lozier’s Emporium on N. State Street in Girard, is shot twice by a 16-year-old youth during a robbery attempt at his store, but still manages to overpower the youth and hold him for police.
Harry Lundgren, 77, of Columbiana and Ike S. Rudolph, 79, of Youngstown meet for the first time since 56 years earlier when Lundgren, a medic, treated Rudolph for shrapnel injuries during the World War I battle of Meuse-Argonne. The reunion took place at Sveden House during a meeting of the Senior Veterans Council.
1964: Dr. J. Lowrie Anderson, who returned to New Wilmington, Pa., after being forced out of Sudan, where he and his wife, Margaret, had been missionaries for 38 years, says that despite efforts by Sudan’s Muslim government, “you can’t put chains on men’s minds and hearts.”
U.S. Rep. Michael Kirwan of Youngs-town is asked by Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy to participate in a unique tape-recorded history of President John F. Kennedy.
Arthur Fiedler will conduct his Boston Pops Tour Orchestra at the fifth program of the Monday Musical Club’s 67th season at Stambaugh Auditorium in April.
1939: Ten Mahoning County employees of the state Division of Aid for the Aged, several of them active in Democratic Party politics, are among 120 provisional employees discharged by Tom McCaw, chief of the division.
The Ohio Senate health committee approves a bill that would require applicants for a marriage license to submit a physician’s certificate that they did not have syphilis.
A campaign is launched in Warren to raise $45,000 for construction of a new Rebecca Williams Community House on South Pine Avenue.