Today is Sunday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2018. There are 302 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1681: England’s King Charles II grants a charter to William Penn for an area of land in North America that later would become Pennsylvania.

1791: Vermont becomes the 14th state.

1793: George Washington is sworn in for a second term as president of the United States during a ceremony in Philadelphia.

1893: Grover Cleveland is inaugurated for his second, nonconsecutive term as president.

1925: President Calvin Coolidge’s inauguration is broadcast live on 21 radio stations coast-to-coast.

1933: Franklin D. Roosevelt takes office as America’s 32nd president.

1943: “Mrs. Miniver” wins six Academy Awards, including best picture and best actress for Greer Garson (whose 51/2-minute acceptance speech would become the butt of industry jokes). James Cagney wins best actor for “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

1952: Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis are wed in San Fernando Valley, Calif.

1968: “Romeo and Juliet,” Franco Zeffirelli’s film adaptation of the Shakespeare play starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey, premieres in London.

1977: Some 1,500 people are killed in an earthquake that shakes southern and eastern Europe.

1987: President Ronald Reagan addresses the nation on the Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging that his overtures to Iran had “deteriorated” into an arms-for-hostages deal.

1998: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that sexual harassment at work can be illegal even when the offender and victim are of the same gender.

2008: Republican John McCain clinches his party’s presidential nomination, surpassing the requisite 1,191 GOP delegates as voters in Ohio, Vermont, Rhode Island and Texas put him over the threshold. Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton wins primary victories in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island, while Barack Obama wins Vermont.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre retires after 17 years, saying he was “tired.”

2008: Cardinals from around the world gather inside the Vatican for their first round of meetings before the conclave to elect the next pope, after the retirement of Benedict XVI.

2017: President Donald Trump accuses former President Barack Obama of tapping his telephones during the 2016 election; an Obama spokesman declares the assertion is “simply false.”

From Colorado’s state Capitol to Trump Tower in New York, groups of hundreds of people rally for President Trump.


1993: In a move aimed at keeping the Doll House closed, Campbell City Council passes an ordinance banning nude dancing and another measure requiring the licensing of adult entertainment businesses.

Former Youngstown 3rd Ward councilman Darlene Rogers says city officials must take drastic action to curb crime in the city and strongly hints that Police Chief Randall Wellington should be replaced.

Shenango Inc. will cease its ingot-mold manufacturing operations. Andrew Aloe, president of Shenango Group Inc., the foundry’s parent company, says the company is unable to comply with terms of interim labor agreements with its 220 workers.

1978: The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is conducting safety inspections of all Northeastern Ohio oil and gas wells in an attempt to reduce the industry’s accident rate.

Boccia Construction Co. of Niles uses a one-ton wrecking ball swung from a crane on the Federal Street bridge near McKinley High School to break an ice jam on Mosquito Creek.

Sixty years after the 1918 outbreak of Spanish flu, older Youngstown residents still have vivid memories of an outbreak that claimed 1,000 lives here and brought the closings of stores, theaters and schools.

1968: Work continues on the new $5 million Austintown Fitch High School despite picketing by six members of Local 70, Theater and Stage Employees Union, over the use of professional stage hands for a minstrel show.

George C. Barbour, a pipe fitter for Commercial Piping Co., dies 13 days after being burned in an accident at Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.

1943: Simon Leis, chief state investigator of Youngstown’s vice and rackets, has been getting anonymous phone messages threatening his life if he does not abandon his investigation.

Mary Katcher of Youngstown has three sons in the service: Seaman 2nd Class Edward Katcher; Seaman 2nd Class Donald, a cook in Hawthorne, Nev.; and Arthur, stationed in New Orleans.

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