Today is Tuesday, March 27, the 86th day of 2018. There are 279 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1513: Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sights present-day Florida.

1625: Charles I accedes to the English throne upon the death of James I.

1794: Congress approves “An Act to provide a Naval Armament” of six armed ships.

1942: During World War II, Congress grants servicemen free first-class mailing privileges.

1958: Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet premier in addition to first secretary of the Communist Party.

1968: Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man to orbit the Earth in 1961, dies when his MiG-15 jet crashes during a routine training flight near Moscow; he was 34.

1977: In aviation’s worst disaster, 583 people are killed when a KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off in heavy fog, crashes into a Pan Am 747 on a runway on the Canary Island of Tenerife.

1998: The Food and Drug Administration approves the drug Viagra, made by Pfizer, saying it has helped about two-thirds of impotent men improve their sexual function.

2013: Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes say he will plead guilty to the attack that killed 12 people and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty.


1993: Dr. George E. Ayers, executive director of the Council for Exceptional Children in Reston, Va., tells 777 graduates at Youngstown State University’s winter commencement that YSU is pursuing excellence by keeping the brightest in the community at home.

Dr. Andre Shakhnovsky, a professor of business law a St. Petersburg University, completes a weeklong visit to Youngstown State University and suggests a possible international exchange program between the universities.

The Girard High School Indians win the state Division II basketball championship, defeating Whitehall-Yearling 64-57 in Columbus.

1978: The Mahoning Valley Ecumenical Coalition says that if the Justice Department approves a merger of the Lykes and LTV corporations, it would doom local efforts to take over closed portions of the Campbell Works of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.

Ohio legislators are paid $17,500, making them the eighth highest paid among all state lawmakers in the nation.

The American Medical Association disputes a claim by the Council on Wage and Price Stability that increasing doctor salaries are fueling the higher cost of health care. The study said that the median income of physicians was $63,000; the AMA says it is $54,000.

1968: Cyrus S. Eaton, Cleveland industrialist and financier, has pulled out of the iron ore, steel and shipping business with the sale of $20 million in stock to American Export Industries Inc. Eaton was a power in Youngstown financial circles in the 1920s after he rescued Trumbull Steel Co. in Warren.

The Youngstown Board of Education will ask city voters to pass a 12-mill operating levy in May to produce $5 million a year to restore cutbacks.

The groom will be the bride when Rose Farris weds Harry Laflamme. They met at Waterford Race Track where Laflamme is a horse trainer and Miss Farris is a groom.

1943: Meat rationing goes into effect in two days, and Youngstown district markets are deluged by shoppers, some of whom lined up before the doors opened.

Eight deputies raid the home of Paul A. Domer at 21 E. Delason Ave., which they say was being used as the “bug” headquarters for about a month.

A thief entered the room of Curtis Crozier at 234 W. Rayen Ave. and stole his radio. Curtis is blind and the radio was his only enjoyment.

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