Today is Saturday, March 17, the 76th day of 2018. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick’s Day.


On this date in:

1762: New York has its first St. Patrick’s Day parade.

1906: President Theodore Roosevelt first likens crusading journalists to a man with “the muckrake in his hand” in a speech to the Gridiron Club in Washington.

1936: Pittsburgh’s Great St. Patrick’s Day Flood begins as the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers and their tributaries, swollen by rain and melted snow, start exceeding flood stage. The floods would be blamed for more than 60 deaths.

1968: A peaceful anti-Vietnam War protest in London is followed by a riot outside the U.S. Embassy. More than 200 people are arrested, and more than 80 people are injured.

1993: Helen Hayes, the “First Lady of the American Theater,” dies in Nyack, N.Y., at age 92.

2008: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, recalling a goodwill trip she’d made to Bosnia as first lady in March 1996, says she remembered landing under “sniper fire” – a statement that conflicted with accounts of the time.

2013: Two members of Steubenville, Ohio’s, celebrated high-school football team are found guilty of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl and sentenced to at least a year in juvenile prison in a case that rocked the Rust Belt city of 18,000.


1993: The Warren Board of Education is expected to adopt an open-enrollment policy that it says would benefit students who transfer from surrounding school districts, especially those interested in the International Baccalaureate program.

Packard Electric will employ 21 people at a customer-support center in South Carolina to serve BMW’s plant.

The federal court of appeals in Cincinnati lifts a lower court injunction that had blocked the start of commercial burning at the Waste Technologies Industries hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool.

1978: The Mahoning County sheriff’s deputies, using evidence gathered by an undercover agent, arrest four people including three students at Jackson Milton High School on charges of trafficking in drugs.

Liberty schools superintendent Herbert Thomas says the Liberty Board of Education should fight the Girard Board of Education’s efforts to have the school boundaries changed to coincide with Girard’s city limits.

Youngstown Fire Chief Matthew DeCarlo, who was appointed by Mayor Phillip Richley Jan. 1., resigns to devote more time to the family business, Union Distributing Co. of Girard.

1968: Springfield Local High School enters the Ohio Class A basketball finals by beating Garaway 70-54 in regional finals in Canton.

Four 11-year-olds are selected by the Youngstown chapter of the Children’s International Summer Village to spend a month in England: Karen Szauter, Denise Gorant, Joseph Skelton and Scott Cartwright. Alternates are Cynthia Williams and Nelson Graham.

Downtown Kiwanis-WFMJ 14th annual radio auction will feature more than $8,500 worth of merchandise.

1943: Youngstown will receive $1,000 a month by renting hangar and office space at Youngstown Municipal Airport to Wolverine Aviation Co. of Lansing, Mich.

The “Y” High School basketball tournament gets underway. The committee in charge: Joe Check, Lou Simko, Clayte Rosselle, Walter Scholl, Bucky Dyer, Bob Cole, Bob Field, Ocky Pannier and Jack McPhee.

State Sen. Maurice Lipscher introduces a bill to end the state’s monopoly on the sale of package liquor.

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