Today is Palm Sunday, March 25, the 84th day of 2018. There are 281 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1634: English colonists sent by Lord Baltimore arrive in present-day Maryland.

1776: Gen. George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, is awarded the first Congressional Gold Medal by the Continental Congress.

1924: The Second Hellenic Republic is proclaimed in Greece.

1931: In the so-called “Scottsboro Boys” case, nine young black men are taken off a train in Alabama, accused of raping two white women; after years of convictions, death sentences and imprisonment, the nine were eventually vindicated.

1947: A coal-dust explosion inside the Centralia Coal Co. Mine No. 5 in Washington County, Illinois, claims 111 lives; 31 men survive.

1957: A signing ceremony takes place for the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community, the forerunner of the European Union.

1965: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leads 25,000 people to the Alabama state Capitol in Montgomery after a five-day march from Selma to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks. Later that day, civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo, a white Detroit homemaker, is shot and killed by Ku Klux Klansmen.

1990: Eighty-seven people, most of them Honduran and Dominican immigrants, are killed when fire raced through an illegal social club in New York City.

2008: The Pentagon says it had mistakenly shipped electrical fuses for an intercontinental ballistic missile to Taiwan in fall 2006. (When the error was recently discovered, the military quickly recovered the four fuses.)

2013: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai make a show of unusual unity between their two nations in Kabul as the U.S. military cedes control of its last detention facility in Afghanistan,

2017: A scuffle breaks out at Bolsa Chica State Beach in Southern California where supporters of President Donald Trump were marching when counter-protesters doused organizers with pepper spray

Stars and fans gathered for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher.


1993: Austintown Township Trustee Michael Antonoff says Youngstown stinks – literally and figuratively – as it attempts to lure the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services from the township to downtown.

Phoenix Publications will close its Niles office and stop publishing eight area weekly newspapers. Thirty-eight jobs will be lost. The Niles Times, once a daily paper, will become a weekly printed in Warren.

Canfield firefighters rescue “Moose,” an 85-pound Rottweiler owned by Dr. V.K. Sethi, after the dog fell through the ice on a pond and couldn’t get out.

1978: Dale N. Oman, 54, of Sharon, Pa., escapes injury when his single-engine Cessna flips during an emergency landing in a pasture at Ellsworth and Weaver roads in southwest Mahoning County.

Mahoning County Sheriff Michael Yarosh is shaken up when his county car plowed into a parked car on Maryland Avenue, destroying it.

Dr. Paul Dressel, a graduate of Youngstown College who is a professor of university research at Michigan State University, tells 836 graduates of Youngstown State University’s winter commencement that “whenever you hear anyone speak with assurance about some very simple thing or assert that something is completely obvious, you will display your own liberal education if you have some doubts.”

1968: A $20,000 fire of undetermined origin destroys Spring Hills, a private club off Schotten Road in Hubbard. Richard Stiver is president of the club.

To serve Youngstown steel mills better, Ohio Water Service will install a new $335,000 treatment plant at Lake Hamilton, Struthers.

Community leaders will be guests when South High School’s cooperative office education class holds its first annual “bosses night,”

1943: An explosion at the Portage Ordnance Depot near Ravenna kills nine men and a woman, including Robert Scott of Warren and William Allen and Alex Woodman of Newton Falls. Army officials are saying little about the explosion that was felt 30 miles away.

Restaurants and other institutional eating places are limited to 75 percent of the amount of meat, butter, cheese and similar products they used last December.

Because of the greatly increased workload, resulting from the Youngstown district’s manpower shortages, the U.S. Employment Service will move from West Boardman Street to larger downtown quarters at 118 E. Front St.

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