Today is Saturday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2018. There are 310 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1582: Pope Gregory XIII issues an edict outlining his calendar reforms. (The Gregorian Calendar is the calendar in general use today.)

1868: The U.S. House of Representatives impeaches President Andrew Johnson by a vote of 126-47 after his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. Johnson would later be acquitted by the Senate.

1920: The German Workers Party, which later would became the Nazi Party, meets in Munich to adopt its platform.

1968: “Fleetwood Mac,” the group’s debut album, is released in the United Kingdom.

1983: A congressional commission releases a report condemning the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II as a “grave injustice.”

1996: Cuba downs two small American planes operated by the group Brothers to the Rescue that it claims violated Cuban airspace. All four pilots were killed.

2008: Pope Benedict XVI bestows the final Sunday blessing of his pontificate on a cheering crowd in St. Peter’s Square.

2017: Vice President Mike Pence assures the Republican Jewish Coalition that he and President Donald Trump will work tirelessly on issues important to the group.


1993: A 30-year-old Slippery Rock Township man is charged with the shooting death of a popular New Castle High School senior, Stacy Scott, 18. Police say Scott was shot at the man’s mobile home and his body dumped in County Line Road.

Scripps Howard News Service profiles U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. of Poland as a Youngstown Democrat who has built a reputation as Congress’ most colorful character through his combative speeches on the House floor that are broadcast by C-Span.

The world famous Royal Lipizzaner Stallions strut their stuff at Youngstown State University’s Beeghly Center.

1978: More than 200 people register for a civil- service test at Warren Harding High School for 11 jobs in the Warren Fire Department.

Nine adults and 10 juveniles are arrested by Campbell police after a marijuana raid at a 10th Street house.

Shareholders of the Ohio Corrugating Co., a steel-drum manufacturer in Warren for 70 years, vote to liquidate the company at a cost of 150 jobs. The workers had been on strike for five months.

1968: A pay raise for city employees passed by Campbell City Council may be vetoed by Mayor Rocco Mico. Police and firefighters got 5.3 percent increases and all others got 5 percent.

Doris Mattice, a 44-year-old grandmother from Cuyahoga Falls, is the first woman hired as a toll collector along the 241-mile Ohio Turnpike.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development gives Youngstown authority to begin buying property in the second phase of urban renewal at Youngstown State University.

1943: Food Administrator Claude Wickard and Federal Education Commissioner John W. Studebaker announce that 500,000 to 650,000 “victory farm volunteers,” most of them high- school students, will be recruited for spring and summer farm work.

Mercer Tube & Manufacturing plant of Sharon is selected to receive the Maritime Commission’s “M” pennant for furnishing steel pipe for cargo ships.

Vindicator columnist Esther Hamilton reports that Perry Melts of Poland makes a business of destroying rats. In 365 days, he has killed 703 of them.

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