Years Ago

Today is Saturday, March 22, the 81st day of 2014. There are 284 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1312: Pope Clement V issues a papal bull ordering dissolution of the Order of the Knights Templar.

1638: Religious dissident Anne Hutchinson is expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for defying Puritan orthodoxy.

1765: The British Parliament passes the Stamp Act of 1765 to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely resist the tax. (The Stamp Act is repealed a year later.)

1933,: During Prohibition, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a measure to make wine and beer containing up to 3.2 percent alcohol legal.

1934: The first Masters Tournament opens under the title “Augusta National Invitation Tournament,” which was won three days later by Horton Smith.

1943: The Khatyn Massacre takes place during World War II as German forces kill 149 residents of the village of Khatyn, Belarus, half of them children.

1958: Movie producer Mike Todd, the husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor, and three other people are killed in the crash of Todd’s private plane near Grants, N.M.

1963: The Beatles’ debut album, “Please Please Me,” is released in the United Kingdom by Parlophone.

1978: Karl Wallenda, the 73-year-old patriarch of “The Flying Wallendas” high-wire act, falls to his death while attempting to walk a cable strung between two hotel towers in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


1989: General Motors’ pledge to have its North American assembly plants running at full capacity by 1992 will mean more plant closings, industry analysts say.

The Peter J. Schmitt Co. and the Ohio Department of Development agree on a state financial package that makes it attractive for the company to build a $40 million grocery distribution center in North Jackson, says Senate Minority Leader Harry Meshel of Youngstown.

An East Side woman who apprehended three juveniles after they allegedly broke into a house she owns on Lans-downe Blvd. is also arrested on charges of aggravated menacing after she refuses to comply with orders from arriving police that she hand over her gun.

1974: The Youngstown school system is conducting a study of school boundaries in an effort to reduce crowding at some buildings and to increase enrollment at others, but has no plans for busing for integration, Supt. Robert Pegues assures 250 people at a meeting at West Elementary School.

Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. will appeal an additional $602,286 in personal property taxes for 1972 that was assessed against the steel company by the Ohio Tax Commission.

The Mahoning County Board of Education receives a grant for $4,650 from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation of Cleveland to finance a workshop on metric education.

1964: General Motors’ announcement that it will build an auto assembly plant in Lordstown gives new urgency to completion of Youngstown’s West Side Freeway to Austintown.

Mahoning County Juvenile Court Judge Harold S. Rickert Sr.. sentences a Parkview Avenue couple to 60 days in jail for not sending their three children to school.

The 26th annual Mahoning-Shenango Kennel Club Show opens at the Idora Park Ballroom with 741 dogs entered.

1939: Superintendent of Schools Pliny H. Powers orders principals to stop the sale of candy in schools, in exchange the Youngstown Retail Grocers and Meat Dealers Association agrees to help stamp out bug sales and marble and punch boards in stores near Youngstown schools.

The Struthers Post of the American Legion passes a resolution seeking support of its national organization and other veterans groups for a Lake Erie-Ohio River canal.

More than a dozen rifles and shotguns — the entire arms stock in the Stambaugh-Thompson Co. Uptown store on Market Street — are stolen by burglars who gained entrance by a coal chute.

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