Today is Saturday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2018. There are 303 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1931: “The Star-Spangled Banner” becomes the national anthem of the United States as President Herbert Hoover signs a congressional resolution.

1960: Lucille Ball files for divorce from her husband, Desi Arnaz, a day after they finished filming the last episode of “The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show” (“Lucy Meets the Mustache”) on Arnaz’s 43rd birthday.

1991: Motorist Rodney King is severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.

2002: Voters in Switzerland approve joining the United Nations, abandoning almost 200 years of formal neutrality.

2008: Vice President Joe Biden leads civil-rights leaders and national political figures in a ceremonial crossing of a Selma, Ala., bridge where voting rights marchers were beaten by law-enforcement officers in 1965.

2017: The Nintendo Switch, a hybrid game machine that works as both a console at home and a portable tablet on the go, makes its debut.


1993: Defense lawyers for Willie J. “Flip” Williams, who is to be tried for the Labor Day 1991 murders of four men, ask Mahoning Common Pleas Judge Peter Economus to limit the number of security guards in the courtroom, arguing that an excessive number of deputies would prejudice the jurors. Sheriff Edward Nemeth assigns extra security because Williams escaped from the county jail and broke into the Juvenile Justice Center in 1992 in an attempt to free three accomplices.

Hubbard Mayor Albert Sauline says the city will contract with the Shenango Valley Water Co. to supply water and will close the city’s treatment plant by the fall of 1994.

After missing 23 games for treatment of Hodgkin’s disease, Mario Lemieux returns to the Pittsburgh Penguins in grand form. His goal and an assist, however, were not enough to beat Philadelphia.

1978: The Youngstown Board of Education appoints a search committee to find a successor to Superintendent Robert Pegues, who announced his intention to retire.

George Morar, superintendent of Trumbull County schools, says the county will not approve action by the Brookfield Board of Education to fire Brookfield Superintendent S. Paul Wright.

Ground is broken for the $1 million Adult Workshop for the Retarded in West Rayen Avenue, with Probate Judge Charles P. Henderson, immediate past chairman of the Mahoning County Board of Mental Retardation as the principal speaker.

1968: William F. Eckles of Akron is named manager of the Youngstown Division of East Ohio Gas Co., succeeding Raymond H. Lohr.

J. Ronald Pittman says Youngstown’s Operation Interview, the first of its kind in the U.S. to develop job opportunities for minorities, shows the willingness of industries to deal with a major problem in Youngstown.

Dr. Robert Landford, former executive director of the Youngstown Society of the Blind, now director of the Worchester, Mass., Rehabilitation Center, is the second totally blind person to earn a doctorate in vocational rehabilitation.

1943: One man is shot and one captured at 5:15 a.m. when they tried to break through police who trapped them in Bellview Cafe on Oak Hill Avenue. Patrolman Gerald Brace nabbed both of them.

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen McBride receive word from the War Department that their son Paul was killed in action in North Africa.

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