Today in history: Saturday, March 29, the 88th day of 2014

Today is Saturday, March 29, the 88th day of 2014. There are 277 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1638: Swedish colonists settle in present-day Delaware.

1790: The tenth president of the United States, John Tyler, is born in Charles City County, Va.

1812: The first White House wedding takes place as Lucy Payne Washington, the sister of first lady Dolley Madison, marries Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd.

1882: The Knights of Columbus is chartered in Connecticut.

1912: British explorer Robert Falcon Scott, his doomed expedition stranded in an Antarctic blizzard after failing to be the first to reach the South Pole, writes the last words of his journal: “For God’s sake look after our people.”

1943: World War II rationing of meat, fats and cheese begins.

1951: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are convicted in New York of conspiracy to commit espionage. (They were executed in June 1953.)

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The King and I” opens on Broadway.

1962: Jack Paar hosts NBC’s “Tonight” show for the final time, although the network aired a repeat the following night. (Johnny Carson debuted as host that October.)

1971: Army Lt. William L. Calley Jr. is convicted of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai massacre. (Calley ended up serving three years under house arrest.)

1973: The last United States combat troops leave South Vietnam, ending America’s direct military involvement in the Vietnam War.

1974: Eight Ohio National Guardsmen are indicted on federal charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University. (The charges were later dismissed.)


1989: The Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corp. tentatively agrees to invest about $300,000 to become a partner in a redeveloped Erie Terminal building.

The Western Reserve Care System restricts visiting to spouses, parents and grandparents of patients as a response to a measles epidemic.

Columbiana County commissioners approve license plate surcharges of $5 or $10, depending on where the motorist lives, which, they say, will raise money needed for county roads and bridges.

1974: A malfunction in an electric induction furnace at Commercial Shearing Inc. on Logan Avenue causes a “blow down” of hot metal in a series of explosions heard throughout the area.

A 16-year-old ninth grader at Scienceville Junior High School is suspended indefinitely for striking a teacher who had interrupted his yelling in the hallway, telling him he had “a big mouth.”

Alex Downie Sr., president of Alex Downie & Sons, is honored as “Boss of the Year” by the Yo-Mah-O Chapter of the National Secretaries Association.

1964: An extensive two-year industrial survey of Trumbull County nearing completion will show that many area plants would benefit from construction of a Lake Erie-Ohio River canal.

General Fireproofing Co. stock that sold for $24 a share in January is up to $28 on the American Stock Exchange as unidentified investors are buying up shares.

Joseph M. Bindas, 54, of 717 E. Judson Ave., serving his second term as City Council clerk, dies of a heart attack at South Side Hospital.

1939: President Franklin D. Roosevelt formally approves a $2.8 million grant for construction of a Youngstown municipal airport in Vienna. The city’s share will be $350,000.

A rare visitor to the north, a monkey-faced owl, is found in a barn on Frank Treffinger’s farm on Ellsworth Road, west of Canfield.

Mayor Lionel Evans threatens to veto any diversion of parking meter revenue until at least $40,000 has been paid into the general fund to meet current operating expenses.

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