YEARS AGO FOR MARCH 16


Today is Friday, March 16, the 75th day of 2018. There are 290 days left in the year.

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On this date in:

A.D. 37: Roman emperor Tiberius dies; he is succeeded by Caligula.

1521: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew reach the Philippines, where Magellan is killed in a battle with natives.

1802: President Thomas Jefferson signs a measure authorizing the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

1945: During World War II, American forces declare they have secured Iwo Jima, although pockets of Japanese resistance remain.

1968: The My Lai massacre takes place during the Vietnam War as U.S. Army soldiers hunting for Viet Cong fighters and sympathizers kill as many as 500 unarmed villagers in two hamlets of Son My village.

1991: A plane carrying seven members of country singer Reba McEntire’s band and her tour manager crash into Otay Mountain in southern California, killing all on board.

1994: Figure skater Tonya Harding pleaded guilty in Portland, Ore., to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for covering up an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, avoiding jail but drawing a $100,000 fine.

2017: President Donald Trump submits his $1.15 trillion budget to Congress; it proposes generous increases for the military while slashing domestic programs and riling both Republicans and Democrats.

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1993: Ten teachers and four other employees at Watson Elementary School in Austintown will share the $5.4 million cash payout from a $12 million Ohio Super Lotto jackpot. Teacher Nancy Kuhn bought the winning ticket at the Boardman Giant Eagle.

Former presidential candidate Ross Perot, a Texas billionaire, calls Ron Speck, president of USW Local 9077, and says he will take a look at the challenges facing Sharon Steel Corp. but makes no promises.

Employees are trying to put together a buyout of the Sharpsville Foundry of Shenango Inc. They are forming a nonprofit organization to pursue their plan.

1978: The Mahoning County Democratic Central Committee endorses U.S. Rep. Charles J. Carney for re-election by a vote of 121 to 81 for Prosecutor Vincent Gilmartin and 37 for state Rep. George D. Tablack.

Mayor J. Phillip Richley says Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley could lose as many as 25,000 jobs, making it the eye of the national steel-crisis storm.

During Lent, church ladies throughout the area turn out Friday specialties: pasta fasula at St. Lucy Church in Campbell, pirogies at St. Mary Byzantine Church in Youngstown and haluski at St. John’s Orthodox Church in Campbell.

1968:Roman Catholic churches throughout the Diocese of Youngstown are draped in mourning for Bishop Emmet Walsh, 76, head of the Youngstown Catholic Diocese since 1952, who died of a heart attack.

Michael Yohman, bookkeeping and civics teacher at East High School, is elected president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO.

Youngstown district steel mills are operating at 90 percent of capacity.

1943: An area office of the U.S. Army Engineers will open in Youngstown to handle work done at the Lordstown Storage Depot and the Portage Ordnance Depot near Ravenna.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Malice of McGuffey Road have four sons in the service: Seaman 1st Class Henry Malice, Cpl. Louis Malice, Seaman 2nd Class Edward Malice and Pvt. Alec Malice. Henry and Alec have suffered battle wounds.

Most Youngstown district Catholic churches will have special Masses to mark St. Patrick’s Day, including a 9 a.m. solemn high Mass at St. Columba Cathedral.

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