Today is Sunday, March 11, the 70th day of 2018. There are 295 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1513: Giovanni de’ Medici is proclaimed pope, succeeding Julius II; he takes the name Leo X.

1810:French Emperor Napoleon I is married by proxy in Vienna to Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria.

1888: The Blizzard of ’88, also known as the “Great White Hurricane,” begins inundating the northeastern United States, resulting in some 400 deaths.

1918: What are believed to be the first confirmed U.S. cases of a deadly global flu pandemic are reported among U.S. Army soldiers stationed at Fort Riley, Kan.; 46 would die. (The worldwide outbreak of influenza that year claimed an estimated 20 to 40 million lives.)

1927: New York City’s legendary Roxy Theatre has its grand opening.

1935: The Bank of Canada begins operations, issuing its first series of bank notes.

1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis.

1957: Charles Van Doren’s 14-week run on the rigged NBC game show “Twenty-One” ends as he is “defeated” by attorney Vivienne Nearing; Van Doren’s take was $129,000.

1965: The Rev. James J. Reeb, a white minister from Boston, dies two days after being beaten by whites during civil-rights disturbances in Selma, Ala.

1977: More than 130 hostages held in Washington, D.C., by Hanafi Muslims are freed after ambassadors from three Islamic nations join the negotiations.

1985: Mikhail S. Gorbachev is chosen to succeed the late Konstantin U. Chernenko as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.

1993: Janet Reno is unanimously confirmed by the Senate to be U.S. attorney general.

2004: Ten bombs explode in quick succession across the commuter rail network in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 people in an attack linked to al-Qaida-inspired militants.

2008: Democrat Barack Obama defeats Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Mississippi primary.

2011: A magnitude-9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami strike Japan’s northeastern coast, killing nearly 20,000 people and severely damaging the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station.

2013: North Korea says it is no longer bound by the 1953 armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War, following days of increased tensions over its latest nuclear test. (A U.N. spokesman said that North Korea could not unilaterally dissolve the armistice.)


1993: A pair of nesting bald eagles has been discovered at the Meander Reservoir, the first in Mahoning County in about 30 years and only the 21st pair known in the state.

Former Brookfield Police Chief Thomas Jones and former patrolman Kevin J. Cooper enter guilty pleas to charges of wiretapping after an investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.

Officials in Salem, Poland, Girard, Struthers and Canfield vote to dissolve the Mahoning Valley Conference. Campbell Memorial and Warren JFK, the smallest schools in the athletic association, dissented.

1978: Former Trumbull County Sheriff Robert W. Barnett testifies during the murder trial of John Tidwell that during his department’s long investigation into the murder of C. Walter Holmquist and his wife, Dorothy, two psychics were called in to help solve the case, but “they were no help.”

Citing an array of grievances, Youngstown’s late-shift patrolmen refuse for three hours to go on duty, relenting only after meeting with Police Chief Stanley Peterson for an hour.

Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson tells nearly 800 people at the Youngstown Area Urban League’s annual dinner, that “politics is the best means of changing the system, but if we don’t vote, we don’t change policy.”

1968: Marine Medic Joseph W. Baker of West Middlesex, Pa., is killed in action, the 13th Mercer County serviceman reported killed in Vietnam.

1943: The Youngstown vice squad, aided by state men, go on the “swing shift” nabbing eight bug writers, many of them near mill entrances at 7 a.m.

Coffee rations will go back to one pound for five weeks. Imports have increased in the past few weeks.

Thomas L. Hom, one of the few Chinese from this district serving in the armed forces, is now Pfc. Hom of the Medical Corps. He was a junior at Rayen School when inducted.

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