Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, March 19, the 78th day of 2014. There are 287 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1687: French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle — the first European to navigate the length of the Mississippi River — is murdered by mutineers in present-day Texas.

1863: The Confederate cruiser Georgianna, on its maiden voyage, is scuttled off Charleston, S.C., to prevent it from falling into Union hands.

1920: The Senate rejects, for a second time, the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of 49 in favor, 35 against, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed for approval.

1945: Seven hundred and twenty-four people are killed when a Japanese dive bomber attacks the carrier USS Franklin off Japan; the ship, however, is saved.

Adolf Hitler issues his so-called “Nero Decree,” ordering the destruction of German facilities that could fall into Allied hands.

1953: The Academy Awards ceremony is televised for the first time; “The Greatest Show on Earth” is named best picture of 1952.

1965: The wreck of the Confederate cruiser Georgianna is discovered by E. Lee Spence, 102 years to the day after it had been scuttled.


1989: James W. Toren, a retired insurance agent who served as bankruptcy trustee for the Sharon Steel Corp. for just over a year, has submitted bills for his services to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court totaling $650,000.

Older industrial cities such as Youngstown hold promise for black Americans in their struggle to achieve economic equality, John Jacob, president of the National Urban League, says at the Youngstown Urban League’s Equal Opportunity Dinner at the Mahoning Country Club.

1974: Marmon Inc., owner of a building at 1815 Belmont Ave., files suit in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court asking the court to determine what is a legal and what is an illegal bingo.

The Austintown Board of Education names Marvin H. Valot Jr. superintendent. Valot began teaching mathematics at Austintown High School in 1955 and was named assistant superintendent in 1971.

1964: Lordstown Township is anticipating a boom from the announcement that General Motors will build its new assembly plant there, although some of the township’s 2,000 residents are skeptical.

President Howard W. Jones and other officials of Youngstown University show members of the Ohio Capital Planning Board where they expect to construct two buildings in the $5 million Youngstown Community College program.

The Boat-Sports-Hobby Show sponsored by East Side Kiwanis Club opens at Stambaugh Auditorium, with 862 people attending the first day.

1939: Herbert S. Warwick, a member of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.’s sales department and long an ardent supporter of the Mahoning-Beaver Canal, is appointed secretary of the canal committee by Bertram G. Parker, president of the Youngstown Chamber of Commerce.

Westminster College students break a tradition of blonde May queens, electing dark-haired Jeanne McCully as 1939 Queen of May. Members of her court are Margaret England, Margaret Greer and Dorothy Sloan.

The stately Kinsman House, built in 1832 on Mahoning Avenue in Warren and used for a short time as a branch for Hiram College, is purchased by Trumbull County commissioners and will be used as a courthouse annex.

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