Today is Thursday, March 8, the 67th day of 2018. There are 298 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1618: German astronomer Johannes Kepler devises his third law of planetary motion.
1854: U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry makes his second landing in Japan; within a month, he concludes a treaty with the Japanese.
1874: The 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, dies in Buffalo, N.Y., at age 74.
1930: The 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft, dies in Washington at age 72.
1948: The Supreme Court, in McCollum v. Board of Education, strikes down voluntary religious education classes in Champaign, Ill., public schools, saying the program violates separation of church and state.
1965: The United States lands its first combat troops in South Vietnam as 3,500 Marines arrive to defend the U.S. air base at Da Nang.
1979: Technology firm Philips demonstrates a prototype compact disc player.
1983: In a speech to the National Association of Evangelicals convention in Orlando, Fla., President Ronald Reagan refers to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.”
1999: Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio dies in Hollywood, Fla., at age 84.
2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a Boeing 777 with 239 people on board, vanishes during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, setting off a massive search. (To date, the fate of the jetliner and its occupants has yet to be determined.)
1993: Gov. George Voinovich approves the relocation of 10 state offices scattered throughout Mahoning County to a proposed state office building in downtown Youngstown.
Tamco Distributors, which operates two warehouses on Victoria Road in Austintown and one on Albert Street in Youngstown, reaches an agreement with Teamsters Local 377 for a three-year pact that will give about 650 workers a wage and benefit increase of $1.10 over three years. The average hourly wage is $10.
Robert Joshua, president of the Mahoning Valley Preservation Club, says owners of the historic State Theater downtown are stripping the building. A spokesman for the owners says anything of historic value that is missing was taken before they took possession of the building.
1978: Youngstown Mayor J. Phillip Richley says the city is seeking $50 million from the U.S. Economic Development Agency, aware that it is unlikely to get everything on its wish list.
A motion to amend the bylaws of the clinical medicine staff of the Youngstown Hospital Association to favor abortion on demand is tabled while about 50 Right to Life demonstrators march outside the meeting in the Union National Bank Building.
Two Youngstown firemen revive John Snipes, 5, who was trapped for an undetermined time in a refrigerator at his North Avenue home, but the boy dies in St. Elizabeth Hospital.
1968: Accompanied by her daughter, Linda Marie, Mrs. Kathleen Wollam Soliz of New Waterford receives the Navy Cross for her husband, Marine Cpl. Thomas Soliz, who was killed in Vietnam.
Army Pfc. Frank Brown of Youngstown is killed in a mortar attack, Mahoning County’s 51st Vietnam casualty. His widow, Karen, expects the couple’s first child within a month.
1943: Pvt. Edward Morris of Powersdale Avenue, Youngstown, is training to be an airplane mechanic at Kessler Field, Miss., when officials find out he was just 15. He is being dismissed from service “with regret.”
Second Church of Christ Scientist, which was built at Hillman and Parkcliffe avenues in 1936, is nearly filled for all three services as the church marks paying off its mortgage.