Today is Saturday, March 10, the 69th day of 2018. There are 296 days left in the year. Daylight saving time will begin Sunday at 2 a.m. local time.


On this date in:

1876: Alexander Graham Bell’s assistant, Thomas Watson, hears Bell say over his experimental telephone: “Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you” from the next room of Bell’s Boston laboratory.

1496: Christopher Columbus ends his second visit to the Western Hemisphere as he leaves Hispaniola for Spain.

1785: Thomas Jefferson is appointed America’s minister to France, succeeding Benjamin Franklin.

1848: The U.S. Senate ratifies the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ends the Mexican-American War.

1933: A magnitude 6.4 earthquake centered off Long Beach, Calif., results in 120 deaths.

1959: Tennessee Williams’ play “Sweet Bird of Youth,” starring Paul Newman and Geraldine Page, opens on Broadway.

1969: James Earl Ray pleads guilty in Memphis, Tenn., to assassinating civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

1973: Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” is first released in the U.S. by Capitol Records.

1988: Po0p singer Andy Gibb dies in England at age 30 of heart inflammation.

2003: Shortly before the start of the Iraq war, Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, tells a London audience: “Just so you know... we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.”


1993: Pentagon officials refuse to confirm or deny reports that Defense Secretary Les Aspin is calling off competition among 20 U.S. communities, including the Mahoning Valley, for proposed Pentagon accounting centers.

The Youngstown Connection leaves for Washington, D.C., where 12 singers from five Youngstown high schools, will perform at the opening of the National Conference of the Children’s Defense Fund. President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton are expected to attend.

Four members of the seven-member Youngstown Board of Education – Don Hanni III, Billy Tanner, Anthony Julian and Sarah Brown-Clark – say they will support Superintendent Alfred Tutela’s plan to cut a third of the district’s central office administrators.

1978: EDATA, the regional planning agency, must come up with a timetable to improve air quality in four Northeastern Ohio counties by Jan. 1 or face the loss of federal funding.

Ralph Coleman, 33, a track and football star at Rayen School living in Sacramento, is charged with homicide in the shooting death of his wife, the former Shirley Theodore, also a Rayen graduate; their son, Kevin, 9, and a niece Exia R. Cathey, 17, of Youngstown, who had been staying with the Colemans while attending Sacramento University.

Defense lawyer Don L. Hanni says shoddy record keeping and evidence storage by the Trumbull County sheriff’s Department is hampering his defense of John Tidwell who is being tried for the murder of C. Walter Holmquist and his wife, Dorothy.

1968: The proposed racetrack at the new Trumbull County Fairgrounds would gross over $8.5 million its first year, according to James Bishop, president of Civic Enterprises Inc.

New Castle’s 13-story Skyview Towers, a 120-unit public housing development for the elderly on Grant Street will open June 1.

1943: The extension of time for filing income tax returns, which now may be authorized by district collectors, does not apply to vast majority of wage earners or salaried taxpayers.

War needs will reach into Santa’s toy bag next Christmas, it is disclosed at the American Toy Fair. Missing will be electric trains, bikes, mechanical toys and all rubber toys.

Waste kitchen fats are sought by the government to make explosives.

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