Today is Monday, March 31, the 90th day of 2014. There are 275 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1814: Paris is occupied by a coalition of Russian, Prussian and Austrian forces; the surrender of the French capital forced the abdication of Emperor Napoleon.
1889: French engineer Gustave Eiffel unfurls the French tricolor from atop the Eiffel Tower, officially marking its completion.
1914: Nobel Prize-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz is born in Mexico City.
1933: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Emergency Conservation Work Act, which creates the Civilian Conservation Corps.
1943: “Oklahoma!,” the first musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opens on Broadway.
1949: Newfoundland (now called Newfoundland and Labrador) enters confederation as Canada’s 10th province.
1953: Stanley Kubrick’s first feature, a war drama titled “Fear and Desire,” premieres in New York.
1968: President Lyndon B. Johnson stuns the country by announcing he will not seek re-election.
1976: The New Jersey Supreme Court rules that Karen Ann Quinlan, who was in a persistent vegetative state, could be disconnected from her respirator. (Quinlan, who remained unconscious, died in 1985.)
1986: 167 people die when a Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashes in a remote mountainous region of Mexico.
1989: Sales at GF Corp. are off 40 percent so far in 1989 and Rocky M. Felice, vice president of human resources, says the company’s lenders have warned they will provide no more financing unless GF turns a profit.
Cinema South will become the largest theater complex in the Mahoning Valley when four new screens open, bringing the location’s total to 10.
Bob Huggins is leaving Akron to take over as head basketball coach of the University of Cincinnati on a five-year contract at $75,000 a year.
1974: A new unemployment compensation law passed by the General Assembly opens Ohio school districts to millions of dollars in liability by making nonteaching employees eligible to file for unemployment compensation during nonschool periods of the year.
The Youngstown district’s 55,000 to 60,000 industrial workers covered by steel union contracts will probably get higher pay boosts and other benefits during 1974 than auto workers, writes Vindicator Business Editor George R. Reiss.
Volunteers in the “Let’s Green America” program plant 6,000 Norway spruce, white pine, Austrian pine and olive trees in the Youngstown area.
1964: The 7th District Court of Appeals overturns contempt of court citations issued by Common Pleas Judge Sidney J. Rigelhaupt against 34 gamblers and racket figures called before a grand jury investigating organized crime.
Former Astronaut John Glenn holds a press conference at Wilford Hall Hospital at Lackland AFB in Texas to say he is pulling out of the Ohio Democratic senatorial race after suffering damage to his inner ear in a fall Feb. 26.
Walter E. Watson, 85, retired vice chairman of the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., dies at his home at 1216 Fifth Ave. He established the Walter E. and Caroline H. Watson Foundation to support professors and students at Youngstown University.
1939: Tom Robinson, Youngstown waiter who served former presidents and others prominent in politics and business, dies at the home of his son, Clarence Robinson, 1040 Foster St., at the age of 86.
A flock of seven whistling swans lands at Lake Newport in Mill Creek Park, giving local bird lovers and others a spectacular treat. Veteran bird watchers remember when a flock of 56 swans remained on Lake Glacier for several days some years ago.
With about 36,000 of Mahoning County’s 59,000 registered automobiles still without 1939 license tags, Youngstown Police Chief Carl Olson orders police to start arresting motorists driving on expired plates.