Today is Friday, March 9, the 68th day of 2018. There are 297 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1661: Cardinal Jules Mazarin, the chief minister of France, dies, leaving King Louis XIV in full control.

1796: The future emperor of the French, Napoleon Bonaparte, marries Josephine de Beauharnais. (The couple later divorced.)

1841: The U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. The Amistad, rules 7-1 in favor of a group of illegally enslaved Africans who were captured off the U.S. coast after seizing control of a Spanish schooner, La Amistad; the justices ruled that the Africans should be set free.

1862: During the Civil War, the ironclads USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimac) clash for five hours to a draw at Hampton Roads, Va.

1916: During the First World War, Germany declares war on Portugal.

1933: Congress begins its “hundred days” of enacting New Deal legislation.

1945: During World War II, U.S. B-29 bombers begin launching incendiary bomb attacks against Tokyo, resulting in an estimated 100,000 deaths.

1964: The U.S. Supreme Court, in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, raises the standard for public officials to prove they’d been libeled in their official capacity by news organizations.

1997: Gangsta rapper The Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) is killed in a still-unsolved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles; he was 24.

2008: Highway and utility crews work overtime to recover from a huge storm that buries Ohio in snow and tears down power lines.

2017: Fox News Channel’s parent company announces it has settled a sexual-assault complaint made by Tamara Holder, a former network contributor.


1993: Youngstown City Schools Superintendent Alfred Tutela says 22 administrators, more than a third of the central office staff, would be cut under his one-year reorganization plan aimed at saving $1 million.

Austintown Township trustees are joining the opposition to a plan announced by Gov. George Voinovich to consolidate area state offices in a building in downtown Youngstown.

Students taking part in Trumbull County schools’ Civic Day voice their opposition to a 1992 Supreme Court ruling that public schools may not include formal religious exercises in graduation ceremonies.

1978: The Mahoning County Board of Health will close its alcoholism division because it can no longer afford to run the $115,000 program.

Mahoning Common Pleas Judge Sidney J. Rigelhaupt rules that 14 Mahoning County deputies fired when Sheriff Michael Yarosh took office are not entitled to get their jobs back because a sheriff has the power to hire and fire at will.

Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes says he will not call out the National Guard to protect shipments of coal during the ongoing strike by miners.

1968: Wean Industries Inc. of Warren announces that it owns more than 75 percent of United Engineering & Foundry Co.’s common stock.

Pennsylvania State Trooper Vernon Blystone, a native of Youngstown, kills a bank-robbery suspect and captures his two companions near Waynesburg, Pa., despite being wounded himself.

1943: Lt. Norris Littlepage, husband of Jean Johnston Littlepage of Poland, is seriously injured in a plane crash at Fort Sill, Okla.

Four contestants shoot perfect scores of 100 as South High’s rifle team defeats Boardman, 497-488. Shooting perfect scores were Gerald Weinstein, Madora Salt and Lee and Richard Leppo.

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