Today is Wednesday, March 7, the 66th day of 2018. There are 299 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1530: Pope Clement VII threatens to excommunicate England’s King Henry VIII if he goes through with plans to marry Anne Boleyn, who became Henry’s second wife after Catherine of Aragon.

1793: During the French Revolutionary Wars, France declares war on Spain.

1850: In a three-hour speech to the U.S. Senate, Daniel Webster of Massachusetts endorses the Compromise of 1850 as a means of preserving the Union.

1926: The first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversations take place between New York and London.

1936: Adolf Hitler orders his troops to march into the Rhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact.

1955: The first TV production of the musical “Peter Pan” starring Mary Martin airs on NBC.

1965: A march by civil-rights demonstrators is violently broken up at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., by state troopers and a sheriff’s posse in what would come to be known as “Bloody Sunday.”

1994: The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rules that a parody that pokes fun at an original work can be considered “fair use.” (The ruling concerned a parody of the Roy Orbison song “Oh, Pretty Woman” by the rap group 2 Live Crew.)

2013: The U.N. Security Council votes unanimously for tough new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test.


1993: Youngstown native Nathaniel R. Jones is seen by some as a “judicial heir” to the late Justice Thurgood Marshall if President Clinton gets to make an appointment to the Supreme Court, but Jones says that at 66 years of age, he isn’t willing to devote the next 20 or 30 years of his life to service on the court.

Sheba, a 9-year-old black cat with white paws, lives at the Stey-Nevant Public Library in Farrell, Pa., mingling with friendly patrons and avoiding those who aren’t. The neighborhood cat was adopted by the library staff after her family moved about two years ago, leaving her to wander the streets.

“The Mahoning Valley’s effort to attract the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Center could very well represent the most significant undertaking we’ve ever made as a community,” U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. of Poland writes in a Vindicator opinion column.

1978: An $850,000 racquet club in Austintown Township will be the first in a $25 million national chain set up by REC Enterprises, a new corporation formed by Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., Dr. John F. Geletka and Atty. Carmen A. Policy.

Meeting in Pittsburgh, the Steel Communities Coalition maps a legislative strategy to force President Jimmy Carter to revise his tax reform proposals in ways that encourage industrial modernization.

The Ecumenical Coalition of the Mahoning Valley reports deposits of $140,095 as it unveils 16 billboards in a campaign to raise $12 million in savings accounts to impress the federal government of the need to support the steel industry.

1968: The Youngstown area’s neighborhood center program is one of the best in the nation, Dr. Samuel Stellman, associate professor at Ohio State University, tells Youngstown Community Action.

1943: Youngstowners report only $25,816 toward a goal of $368,000 for the Red Cross War Fund.

Youngstown’s new courier air service will be ready in 10 days to rush personnel or materials to virtually anywhere in the United States in case of an emergency for district war industries.

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