Today is Thursday, March 15, the 74th day of 2018. There are 291 days left in the year.

Today is Thursday, March 15, the 74th day of 2018. There are 291 days left in the year.


On this date in:

44 B.C.: Roman dictator Julius Caesar is assassinated by a group of nobles including Brutus and Cassius.

1493: Italian explorer Christopher Columbus arrives back in the Spanish harbor of Palos de la Frontera, two months after concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere.

1917: Czar Nicholas II abdicates in favor of his brother, Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich, who declines the crown, marking the end of imperial rule in Russia.

1937: America’s first hospital blood bank opens at Cook County Hospital in Illinois.

1964: Actress Elizabeth Taylor marries actor Richard Burton in Montreal; it is her fifth marriage, his second. (They divorced in 1974, remarried in 1975, then divorced again in 1976.)

1985: The first internet domain name,, is registered by the Symbolics Computer Corp. of Massachusetts.

2008: A construction crane, 19 stories tall and attached to an apartment tower under construction in New York, breaks away and topples onto buildings, killing seven people.

2017: President Donald Trump, speaking in Ypsilanti, Mich., announces his administration would re-examine federal requirements governing the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks, moving forcefully against Obama-era environmental regulations that Trump said were stifling economic growth.


1993: Mahoning Valley police, social workers and others who work with children say kids seem more prone to crime and violence because of drug and alcohol abuse, a selfish disregard for others and an overall lack of direction and values.

Two Lordstown High School seniors, Jackie Thomas and Honey Hebb, and an adult chaperone will travel to the Cayman Islands for a four-day holiday after the students produced a 10-minute videotape describing the historical, social and economic development of the Cayman Islands.

The Giant Eagle in Boardman reports selling the winning ticket for a $12 million Ohio Super Lotto jackpot. The winner’s name isn’t yet known.

1978: More than 260 people, including dozens of firefighters, were treated after inhaling toxic chlorine gas that spread over downtown Steubenville after an explosion at a chemical plant.

The Youngstown Board of Education approves a $32.3 million budget that represents a spending increase of 6 percent.

James Connolly is re-elected president of Potential Development Program Inc., which served 235 people last year, including 75 children with developmental challenges who were seen on a daily basis.

1968: Agreement is reached on establishing a Youngstown community relations program to improve understanding between the public and police and preventing community disturbances.

The Ohio Public Expenditure Council compares real-estate taxes for schools to number of students in various districts. Salem ranks highest with $414 per pupil, compared with $403 statewide. Beaver’s was lowest with $156.

Republic Steel Corp. announces the consolidation of its Youngstown and Warren plant operations into the Mahoning Valley District. Headquarters will be in Warren.

1943: United Engineering & Foundry voluntarily turns back to the federal government $2.4 million it has saved from improvements it developed in producing war materials.

The largest crowd of sailors to visit Youngstown on any weekend swamps the USO Center at the YMCA.

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