Today is Tuesday, March 13, the 72nd day of 2018. There are 293 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1639: New College is renamed Harvard College for clergyman John Harvard.

1781: The seventh planet of the solar system, Uranus, is discovered by Sir William Herschel.

1865: Confederate President Jefferson Davis signs a measure allowing black slaves to enlist in the Confederate States Army with the promise they would be set free.

1925: The Tennessee General Assembly approves a bill prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution.

1928: At least 400 people die when the San Francisquito Canyon in Southern California is inundated with water after the nearly 2-year-old St. Francis Dam collapsed just before midnight March 12.

1964: Bar manager Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, 28, is stabbed to death near her Queens, N.Y., home; the case gains notoriety over the supposed reluctance of Genovese’s neighbors to respond to her cries for help.

2013: Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina is elected pope, choosing the name Francis; he is the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.

2017: The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 14 million Americans would lose coverage next year under House Republican legislation remaking the nation’s health care system, and that number would balloon to 24 million by 2026.


1993: Youngstown Mayor Patrick Ungaro says a decision by Defense Secretary Les Aspin to abandon a national search for defense finance centers shows that the federal government is impotent. Local communities spent millions of dollars in what turned out to be an exercise in futility.

State Sen. Harry Meshel of Youngstown is emerging as the frontrunner in the race for state Democratic Party chairman after Dale Butland, an aide to U.S. Sen. John Glenn, withdraws.

Youngstown State’s women’s basketball team went 3 for 6 from the foul line, while Wisconsin-Green Bay made 17 of 25, providing the Lady Phoenix with the margin of victory in their 73-63 win in the semifinals of the Mid-Continent Conference tournament.

1978: Engineers of Mahoning and Trumbull counties say their shares of about $50,000 each from $3 million in funds being distributed by the state to repair potholes will be scarcely any help given the scope of road damage.

The Columbiana County Council has its 59th American Legion birthday dinner at Post 736 in Glenmoor. State Rep. John Wargo presents plaques and certificates to Americanism contest winners.

Property values in Mahoning County have increased 43 percent since 1966, which is the lowest rate of growth in Northeast Ohio.

1968: The Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. will ask shareholders to increase the number of common and preferred shares of authorized stock to broaden the company’s ability to diversify.

Youngstown’s new salary and wage agreements give city patrolmen 38 cents an hour more than garbage truck drivers. A patrolman’s hourly wage will be $3.71; garbage drivers, $3.33, and helpers, $3.17.

Several hundred Youngstown teachers plan to take “professional days” if voters turn down the schools’ request for more funds in May. The vote was 267 to 88.

1943: U.S. Rep. Michael Kirwan did not vote on the bill to repeal the salary limit in the House of Representatives because he came home to participate in the dedication of the new Struthers fire station.

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