Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, March 26, the 85th day of 2014. There are 280 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1812: An earthquake devastates Caracas, Venezuela, causing an estimated 26,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

1827: Composer Ludwig van Beethoven dies in Vienna.

1874: Poet Robert Frost is born in San Francisco.

1892: Poet Walt Whitman dies in Camden, N.J.

1917: The Seattle Metropolitans become the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeat the Montreal Canadiens.

1937: A 6-foot-tall statue of the cartoon character Popeye is unveiled during the Second Annual Spinach Festival in Crystal City, Texas.

1968: The U.S. Army launches America’s third successful satellite, Explorer 3.

1862: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Baker v. Carr, gives federal courts the power to order reapportionment of states’ legislative districts.

1964: The musical play “Funny Girl,” starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opens on Broadway.

1979: A peace treaty is signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and witnessed by President Jimmy Carter at the White House.

1982: Groundbreaking ceremonies take place in Washington, D.C., for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

1989: The science- fiction TV series “Quantum Leap,” starring Scott Bakula as an errant time-traveler, premieres on NBC.


1989: Linda DeScenna, a 1967 graduate of Howland High School, will be attending her fourth Academy Awards ceremony as an Oscar nominee, this time for art direction for “Rain Man.”

More than 1,600 alumni are expected at the 75th anniversary celebration of St. Rose School, Girard’s only Catholic school.

Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, teacher, writer and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, will speak at Kent State University on April 11.

1974: The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approves a $39 million rate increase for the Ohio Edison Co., equivalent to a 12 percent increase in customer bills.

The Western Reserve Transit Authority becomes the owner of the former Youngstown Transit Co., its real estate at 604 Mahoning Ave. and its buses, paying $351,876 to YTC owner Sam Winograd.

Three boys, 16 and 17, are sentenced to permanent commitments to the Ohio Youth Commission in Columbus by Judge Martin P. Joyce, who found them delinquent in the armed robbery of Charlie’s United Food Market on Coventry Street.

1964: Thieves use a car or pickup truck to smash a rear overhead door at the Western Auto store in the Liberty Plaza, escaping with six televisions, five table radios, a tape recorder and a phonograph.

Seven men prominent in law, labor, journalism and industry are chosen by Mahoning County commissioners to the board of the newly created Mahoning County Community College: James P. Griffin, Don L. Hanni Jr., Donald J. Lynn, J. Fred Knott, Marvin Itts, Clingan Jackson and John D. Hutch.

The Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce recommends that the city adopt a five-year capital improvement plan that would include expressway, bridge and road construction.

1939: Rep. Michael J. Kirwan will return from Washington to Youngstown to counter misrepresentations by foes of the Lake Erie-Ohio River Canal.

Inspired by balmy breezes and sunny skies, thousands of shoppers flock to downtown Youngstown, jamming stores in search of Easter finery.

James C. Woodward, fired as warden of Ohio’s 105-year-old penitentiary on charges of showing favoritism to wealthy inmates and permitting gambling and trafficking in alcohol and narcotics among prisoners, says he will fight to keep a job at an institution where he has worked for 30 years.

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