Today is Thursday, March 27, the 86th day of 2014. There are 279 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1625: Charles I accedes to the English throne upon the death of James I.
1794: Congress approves “An Act to provide a Naval Armament” of six armed ships.
1884: The first telephone line between Boston and New York is inaugurated.
1912: First lady Helen Herron Taft and the wife of Japan’s ambassador to the United States, Viscountess Chinda, plant in Washington the first two of 3,000 cherry trees given as a gift by the mayor of Tokyo.
1933: Japan officially withdraws from the League of Nations.
1942: American servicemen are granted free mailing privileges.
1958: Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet premier in addition to first secretary of the Communist Party.
1964: Alaska is hit by a magnitude 9.2 earthquake (the strongest on record in North America) and tsunamis that together claim about 130 lives.
1989: Craig Weidensaul of Ohio State University urges area maple syrup producers to cut their sap harvest by 20 percent per tree due to three consecutive years of drought stress.
Thomas J. Nowel, 41, of Newton Falls who oversees the union affairs for 4,000 public employee union members in seven counties, is a serious runner, competing in 22 marathons over nine years, completing the 26.2 mile course in a fastest time of two hours, 43 minutes.
Mike Trgovac, former Austintown Fitch and University of Michigan football standout, says he has fulfilled one of his biggest dreams by becoming an assistant football coach at the U.S. Naval Academy.
1974: Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor James A. Norton tells 992 graduates at Youngstown State University’s fourth winter commencement exercises that Ohio is poised for great accomplishments and radical changes in higher education.
Five area Boy Scouts receive their Eagle awards at Brookfield United Methodist Church: David Caughman, Charles Haggis Jr., Tom Pipic and brothers Gary Hailey and Mark Hailey.
Larry Markasky, business manager for the Youngstown Board of Education, says Choffin Career Center will add a new horticulture department.
1964: Since January, all men called for physicals by the Mahoning County draft boards who passed the physical have been inducted because the national call-up has been increased from 7,000 to 17,000.
The Very Rev. Msgr. Donald J. Reagan, assistant superintendent of diocesan schools, is named administrator of St. William Parish in Champion.
Diane Gorman, daughter of Mahoning County Treasurer and Mrs. Joseph P. Gorman, an Ursuline High School senior, places second in the Ohio Junior Classical League Convention competition held at Ohio State University.
1939: Two Leetonia youths, John Riles, 18, and John Arnold Jr., 17, are killed and six people injured when two cars collide on the crest of a hill on state Highway 14 near Pine Lake, east of Columbiana.
Youngstown district church groups join the campaign for a Lake Erie-Ohio River canal. The Rev. Frederick B. McAllister, pastor of the First Baptist Temple, tells his congregation that the need for a canal is such that he believes its construction is inevitable.