Today is Wednesday, March 14, the 73rd day of 2018. There are 292 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1794: Eli Whitney receives a patent for his cotton gin.

1900: Congress ratifies the Gold Standard Act.

1923: President Warren G. Harding becomes the first chief executive to file an income tax return, paying a levy of $17,990 on his $75,000 salary.

1939: The republic of Czechoslovakia is dissolved, opening the way for Nazi occupation of Czech areas and the separation of Slovakia.

1051: During the Korean War, United Nations forces recapture Seoul.

1967: The body of President John F. Kennedy is moved from a temporary grave to a permanent memorial site at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

1990: The Soviet Congress of People’s Deputies holds a secret ballot that elects Mikhail S. Gorbachev to a new, powerful presidency.

2008: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama denounces inflammatory remarks from his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who had railed against the United States and accused its leaders of bringing on the Sept. 11 attacks by spreading terrorism.

2013: The NHL’s realignment plan is approved by the league’s board of governors.

2017: A blustery late-season storm plasters the Northeast with sleet and snow, paralyzing much of the Washington-to-Boston corridor but falling well short of predicted snow totals in New York, Boston and Philadelphia.


1993: Blizzard conditions virtually shut down the Mahoning and Shenango valleys with 12 to 16 inches of snow blanketing the area.

The Ohio Department of Youth Services reports that 55.4 percent of the youths in detention are black and 42.5 percent are white.

Three area wrestlers win state titles: Scott Cleary of Canfield, Jeremy Gondol of North Jackson and Dustin Harris of Beaver Local.

1978: U.S. Steel says that the United States will need all new steel mills if it is to meet the nation’s demands through domestic production.

Republic Steel Corp., the Mahoning Valley’s largest steel producer, has a $90 million program underway to expand the Trumbull Works coke plant and plans on spending between $150 million and $200 million on improvements over a period of years.

Youngstown Rayen’s Joe James, a talented 6-foot-4 junior, is selected to the All-Ohio Class AA first team. Eric Posey of Youngstown North gains special mention while Darwin Ulmer of Brookfield and John Sprague of Cortland make honorable mention.

1968: About $3 million is recommended by the Ohio Department of Health for hospital modernization projects in Youngstown, Toledo and Cleveland.

Crimes committed in Youngstown during 1967 rose 37 percent over 1966, while serious crimes increased 16 percent. Auto thefts rose 41 percent with the theft of 1,224 cars.

Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall approves Ohio’s proposed water-quality standards for fighting pollution but withheld approval of some Eastern Ohio projects, including the Mahoning River basin.

1943: The nationally known picture magazine Parade is coming to The Vindicator beginning March 21. (Seventy-five years later, Parade remains a regular feature of The Vindicator’s Sunday edition.)

Sharon High School and Westinghouse Electric agree on how they will promote cooperative education. Junior and senior boys will spend two weeks each month at the plant learning machinist and tool-making trades.

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