Years Ago

Today is Monday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2014. There are 282 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1765: Britain enacts the Quartering Act, requiring people in the American colonies to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.

1882: German scientist Robert Koch announces in Berlin that he has discovered the bacillus responsible for tuberculosis.

1913: New York’s Palace Theatre, the legendary home of vaudeville, opens on Broadway.

1934: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill granting future independence to the Philippines.

1939: “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” the first Sherlock Holmes movie adaptation featuring Basil Rathbone as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed detective (and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson), premieres at the Roxy Theatre in New York.

1944: In occupied Rome, the Nazis execute more than 300 civilians in reprisal for an attack by Italian partisans the day before that had killed 32 German soldiers.


1989: The Lawrence County District Attorney’s office is awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death of an infant found abandoned outside a garage on the city’s West Side.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Charles J. Bannon will hear a class- action suit filed by city employees who face dismissal for living outside the city in violation of the city’s residency rule.

Vienna Township trustees approve a 75 percent tax abatement to New York-based Associated Products Inc. for a factory planned near the Youngstown Municipal Airport that would produce shower curtains and bathroom accessories.

1974: A dizzying upward spiral in the price of iron and steel scrap is seriously threatening production of steel in Youngstown and other steel centers.

Mayor Jack C. Hunter names a nine-member committee to look into the Youngstown Police Department’s procedures for handling citizen complaints and to study other aspects of the department’s operations.

About 20 guests at the Aztecx Hotel and Lounge in Wellsville escape a fire, but one man dies, retired railroader Antonio Sinisgalli, 65.

1964: Two Austintown Fitch High School students, Thomas Sfero, 16, and John Orosz, 15, are hospitalized after inhaling chlorine gas during a chemistry experiment at the school.

More than 500 Trumbull County residents attend a tea at the McKinley Memorial Auditorium in Niles to meet the wives of two astronauts, Mrs. John Glenn Jr. and Mrs. Scott Carpenter, and Mr. and Mrs. John Glenn Sr., parents of the Ohio astronaut who is running for the U.S. Senate.

1939: National benefits that will come from connecting the Great Lakes and the Mississippi-Ohio system via a Mahoning-Beaver canal will dwarf the local benefits, says Warren attorney Henry H. Hoppe.

Republic Steel Corp. announces it will install $1 million worth of new equipment in its Massillon stainless steel plant and its Warren cold-rolled carbon steel mill.

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