YEARS AGO FOR MARCH 26


Today is Monday, March 26, the 85th day of 2018. There are 280 days left in the year.

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On this date in:

1812: An earthquake devastates Caracas, Venezuela, causing an estimated 26,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

1827: Composer Ludwig van Beethoven dies in Vienna.

1892: Poet Walt Whitman dies in Camden, N.J.

1945: During World War II, Iwo Jima is fully secured by U.S. forces after a final, desperate attack by Japanese soldiers.

1967: Pope Paul VI issues an encyclical, “Populorum Progressio,” on “the progressive development of peoples,” in which he expresses concern for those trying to escape hunger, poverty, endemic disease and ignorance.

1979: A peace treaty is signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and witnessed by President Jimmy Carter at the White House.

1992: A judge in Indianapolis sentences former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson to six years in prison for raping a Miss Black America contestant. (Tyson ended up serving three years.)

2017: President Donald Trump takes to Twitter to attack conservative lawmakers for the failure of the Republican bill to replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

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1993: Faced with a $9 million deficit and dwindling enrollment, the Youngstown Board of Education votes 5-2 to close South High School. About 200 students and alumni begged that the board spare the 82-year-old building.

Dr. G.L. Mears, who has directed Youngstown State University’s budget for more than a decade, is named the university’s executive vice president.

The Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County agrees to let the Mahoning County commissioners help end a 3-week old strike by clerks and maintenance workers.

1978: Trumbull County is nearing a showdown with the state over funding for the county Welfare Department that serves 30,000 county residents. County commissioners have allotted $400,000, about half of what the state expects.

Larry Holmes of Easton, Pa., wins a unanimous 12-round decision over Earnie Shavers of Leavittsburg at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Holmes expects to get a shot at heavyweight champ Ken Norton, but Shavers vows, “You haven’t heard the last from me.”

There are an estimated 27,500 potholes in Youngstown, and City Engineer Carmen Conglose sees no way of getting them all filled before the summer resurfacing program gets underway.

1968: The Diocese of Youngstown will look for other buyers for St. Patrick Glenwood Avenue school building after county commissioners reject the figure set for the state’s portion of the cost of buying the building for a welfare department office.

Ohio Edison Co. will cut residential electric power rates, reducing its own income by $550,000.

Akron University soccer coach Stu Perry, Ohio soccer coach of the year in 1966, is the speaker at the Curbstone Coaches luncheon. Soccer, he says, is one of the fastest-growing college sports, with 500 schools nationally and 30 in Ohio fielding teams.

1943: Warning of great food shortages next winter, Henry L. Pree, writer of a daily garden column in The Vindicator, urges as many families as possible to make their own victory gardens.

Forty soldiers at the replacement center at Transfer, Pa., will be entertained in Struthers for the weekend. Private homes will welcome them for overnight, and a dance is being planned at the American Legion Hal.

Robert Hillier, 60, of West Farmington dies in Marine Hospital, Cleveland, the 11th victim of an explosion at the Portage Ordnance Depot.

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