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Monday, March 12, 2018

Today is Monday, March 12, the 71st day of 2018. There are 294 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1622: Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, and Francis Xavier are canonized by Pope Gregory XV along with Teresa of Avila, Philip Neri and Isidore the Laborer.

1864: Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant assumes command as general-in-chief of the Union armies in the Civil War.

1912: The Girl Scouts of the USA has its beginnings as Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga., founds the first American troop of the Girl Guides.

1933: President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers the first of his 30 radio addresses that come to be known as “fireside chats.”

1951: “Dennis the Menace,” created by cartoonist Hank Ketcham, makes its syndicated debut in 16 newspapers.

1968: President Lyndon B. Johnson wins the New Hampshire Democratic primary, with Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota placing a strong second.

1980: A Chicago jury finds John Wayne Gacy Jr. guilty of the murders of 33 men and boys.

1993: Janet Reno is sworn in as the first female U.S. attorney general.

2008: Former Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, a liberal Ohio Democrat who challenged big business, dies near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at age 90.

2017: A bus plows into people taking part in an early morning street festival in Haiti, killing at least 34 of them.

Authorities in Mexico recovered New England quarterback Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey more than a month after it had gone missing from the Patriots’ locker room after the game; a Mexican media executive is suspected of stealing the garment.


1993: Defense Secretary Les Aspin says he is rejecting the national competition that had the Mahoning Valley and 19 other communities vying for placement of defense finance centers saying such competition is not sound public policy.

Brothers Joseph and Jeff Amon post a $10,000 reward to anyone providing information that leads to the arrest of whoever is responsible for the murder of their parents at their Liberty Township home in January.

Nick D’Eramo makes the winning shot with seven seconds on the clock to give Girard a 70-69 victory over Canfield in double overtime in a district semifinal game at Boardman High School.

1978: Youngstown Mayor J. Phillip Richley is working on a plan that would have city employees work full 8-hour days rather than the current shifts of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a full hour off for lunch.

A Cambridge gas-well drilling company is fined $3,150 by OSHA and cited for 13 safety violations, five of them serious, in the death of James Frey, 21, of Kent, who was killed Feb. 2 at a Southington well site.

Mark Rubish of Columbiana edges Mark Parish of Caldwell, 6-5, to capture the state wresting championship in the 105-pound class, the area’s only state champion.

1968: Eight days before spring’s arrival, a late winter storm brings 5 inches of snow to the area.

The Salem city school system unveils a mobile reading lab for elementary schoolchildren.

Susan Schwartz, Rayen School senior, wins a $500 scholarship for first place in the statewide Virgil scholarship test for students of Latin.

1943: An employee smoking a pipe in “forbidden territory” is blamed for a spectacular fire that destroyed the naphthalene processing plant of Koppers Co. on Logan Avenue. Loss is $30,000.

Beef, pork, lamb and mutton will be rationed at 2 pounds a week for home consumption.

Five Youngstown College coeds are selected by men of the junior class as candidates for prom queen: Carol Jones, Naomi Joerndt, Marie DeMolli, Helen DeCicco and Christine DeMatteis.