Today is Tuesday, March 25, the 84th day of 2014. There are 281 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1634: English colonists sent by Lord Baltimore arrive in present-day Maryland.
1776: Gen. George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, is awarded the first Congressional Gold Medal by the Continental Congress.
1865: During the Civil War, Confederate forces attack Fort Stedman in Virginia but are forced to withdraw because of counterattacking Union troops.
1894: Jacob S. Coxey begins leading an “army” of unemployed from Massillon, Ohio, to Washington, D.C., to demand help from the federal government.
1911: Some 146 people, mostly young female immigrants, are killed when fire breaks out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York.
1924: The Second Hellenic Republic is proclaimed in Greece.
1947: An explosion in a coal mine in Centralia, Ill., claims 111 lives.
1954: RCA announces it has begun producing color television sets at its plant in Bloomington, Ind. (The sets, with 121/2-inch picture tubes, cost $1,000 each — roughly $8,700 in today’s dollars.)
1964: An acre of Runnymede in Surrey, England, is set aside by the British government as the site of a memorial to honor the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
1975: King Faisal of Saudi Arabia is shot to death by a nephew with a history of mental illness. (The nephew was beheaded in June 1975.)
1988: In New York City’s so-called “Preppie Killer” case, Robert Chambers Jr. pleads guilty to first- degree manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Jennifer Levin. (Chambers received a sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison; he was released in 2003.)
1989: Youngstown State University trustees approve construction of a dormitory complex north of campus, between Madison Avenue and the Madison Avenue Expressway.
Thomas V. Chema, who is stepping down as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, says the state needs a new framework to deal with large capital improvement projects that cause spikes in utility rates.
“The best way to prepare for the working world is to develop adaptability to new kinds of jobs,” D. Morris Slavin, professor emeritus at Youngstown State University, tells YSU’s 747 winter graduates.
1974: Timothy M. Blessing, 10, of Housel-Craft Road, Mecca Township in Trumbull County helps rescue his 10-month-old nephew from a fire that swept the family’s home, but dies after returning to his room, apparently to get some clothes.
Youngstown Municipal Judge Lloyd R. Haynes finds three men who were arrested by undercover agents at a stag party at the Maronite Center not guilty of gambling charges. They are Patrick Traficant, Joseph “Shorty” Bardinelli and Pat Colantone.
The Youngstown Board of Education opposes transfer of Coitsville Township to the Campbell City School District, despite a threat by a spokesman for Coitsville residents to go to court over the issue.
1964: Plans for enlarging the J.C. Penney Co. store in the Greater Boardman Shopping Plaza are revealed at a meeting of the Boardman Township Zoning Commission.
Angel Cancel, a bolita game operator, denies he paid off Youngstown police for protection while testifying through an interpreter at his perjury trial in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.
A proposed Mahoning Valley Vocational Training School aimed at preparing 650 Ohio youngsters each year for jobs in business and industry, will begin operating at the U.S. Air Force Base at the Youngstown Municipal Airport by summer.
1939: Benny Goodman, the King of Swing, delivers a cake and plays his clarinet for children at the Youngstown Rotary Home for Crippled Children.
A three-day retreat during Holy Week for Catholic students of East High and Scienceville High, will be held at Immaculate Conception Church, OAOR Edward B. Conroy announces.
In person at Youngstown’s Palace Theater: Benny Goodman, the swingmaster, and his orchestra.