Today is Thursday, March 29, the 88th day of 2018. There are 277 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1638: Swedish colonists settle in present-day Delaware.

1936: German Chancellor Adolf Hitler claims overwhelming victory in a plebiscite on his policies.

1943: World War II rationing of meat, fats and cheese begins, limiting consumers to store purchases of an average of about 2 pounds a week for beef, pork, lamb and mutton using a coupon system.

1962: Jack Paar hosts NBC’s “Tonight” show for the final time. (Johnny Carson would debut as host that October.)

1971: Army Lt. William L. Calley Jr. is convicted of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians in the 1968 My Lai massacre.

1973: The last U.S. combat troops leave South Vietnam, ending America’s direct military involvement in the Vietnam War.

1992: Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton acknowledged experimenting with marijuana “a time or two” while attending Oxford University, adding, “I didn’t inhale, and I didn’t try it again.”

2013: President Barack Obama promotes a plan to create construction and other jobs by attracting private money to help rebuild roads, bridges and other public works projects during a visit to a Miami port undergoing $2 billion in upgrades paid for with government and private dollars.


1993: The Ohio Department of Human Services says the number of child-abuse cases in the state has skyrocketed over two decades with 86,000 reports of abuse or neglect in 1991.

Swahili, spoken in 11 African countries, will be taught for the first time in the fall at Youngstown State University.

U.S. Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, is making his third legislative attempt to raise the Environmental Protection Agency to Cabinet status.

1978: Boardman police question and release several suspects in the beating murder of Katherine Filicky, a 70-year-old widow during a burglary at her home at 7645 Hitchcock Road.

Jury deliberations in the murder trial of John Tidwell are delayed while attorneys and the judge confer on a possible instance of jury tampering involving a conversation between a relative of Tidwell and a juror.

Mayor J. Phillip Richley is spending two days in New York City to brief U.S. and foreign newsmen on the steel crisis, the economy and the opportunities of the Mahoning Valley.

1968: Charles McCaughtry, a Youngstown Jaycees director, surprises a burglar in the Jaycee offices at 2306 Market St. The burglar threatens to shoot McCaughtry and forces him into the basement.

Bankruptcy Judge Joseph Molitoris will decide which bid to accept for the purchase of the bankrupt Dog House, a national restaurant chain with headquarters in Youngstown.

Walkouts at two area plants continue while production at a Girard plant resume. Operations at Grinnell Corp. are at a standstill; Wean Engineering is shut down by a wildcat strike, but Saramar Aluminum Co.’s walkout ended.

1943: Maj. and Mrs. A.T. Youtzy, formerly of Alliance, assume charge of the Salvation Army in Youngstown, succeeding Maj. and Mrs. A.E. Avery, who transferred to Brooklyn.

Floyd Baker of Cohasset Drive reports to the St. Louis Browns at Cape Girardeau. Baker seems set to play shortstop for the Browns.

The Champion Bowling League has its final session with the Marathon Cleaners striving to hold its one-game advantage over Modern Manor. Marathon has 28 victories and 13 losses. Modern Manor is 25-14.

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