Today is Friday, March 8, the 67th day of 2019. There are 298 days left in the year.

Today is Friday, March 8, the 67th day of 2019. There are 298 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1618: German astronomer Johannes Kepler devises his third law of planetary motion.

1702: England’s Queen Anne accedes to the throne upon the death of King William III.

1948: The Supreme Court, in McCollum v. Board of Education, strikes down voluntary religious education classes in Champaign, Ill., public schools, saying the program violates separation of church and state.

1965: The United States lands its first combat troops in South Vietnam as 3,500 Marines arrive to defend the U.S. air base at Da Nang.

1971: Joe Frazier defeats Muhammad Ali by decision in what was billed as “The Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden in New York.

1983:President Ronald Reagan refers to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.”

1999: Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio dies in Hollywood, Fla., at age 84.

2008: President George W. Bush vetoes a bill that would have banned the CIA from using simulated drowning and other coercive interrogation methods to gain information from suspected terrorists.

2018: President Donald Trump orders steep new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the United States.


1994: McDonald Steel Corp., which beat the odds by resurrecting a dead steel mill in 1981, is thanking its employees by creating an Employee Stock Ownership Plan that will transfer 30 percent ownership to the workers over 10 years.

Stephen Strabala, facing charges in connection with the disappearance of $10 million in Columbiana County funds, retracts his request for a public defender, meaning he will not have to disclose details of his personal finances to the court.

Warren Law Director Gregory Hicks says the Ku Klux Klan is a hate-mongering organization that is not welcome in the city, but the Klan has a constitutional right to hold a rally, and the city cannot legally block it.

1979: State Rep. Thomas J. Carney, D-Boardman, sponsors legislation to tighten oil and gas drilling operations after receiving complaints from Mahoning, Trumbull and Ashtabula counties about damaged roads and unusable salt-soaked land.

Thomas Chambers, 17, is attacked by four youths in the parking lot of the Central YMCA, beaten, slashed and robbed of $2 and his gym shoes. He is in satisfactory condition in St. Elizabeth Hospital.

The Internal Revenue Service joins the FBI in an examination of financial records from the administrations of Mahoning County Sheriff Michael Yarosh and former Sheriff Ray T. Davis.

1969: A 32-year-old barmaid at the Eagle Tavern in Campbell is arrested after shooting to death a 55-year-old Struthers man. The woman, who had sworn out an affidavit accusing the man of molesting her 13-year-old daughter, said she shot him after he entered the bar, used profanity against her and threatened her with a knife.

Lack of parking facilities mar the opening of the new Park Theater when it opens at its new location, 446 W. Federal St. Police tow six cars and ticket others for illegal parking.

U.S. Rep. Michael Kirwan announces a federal grant providing $131,226 for a Head Start summer program for youngsters who will enter school for the first time next fall.

1944: WFMJ’s special events department goes to Frank Agnew’s sugar camp on Route 7 south of Boardman using sound recordings to tell the story of turning sap into syrup.

Mayor Ralph O’Neill says the city will take over the collection and disposal of garbage and rubbish beginning April 1.

The Youngstown Board of Education appoints John Whitfield to the faculty of Rayen School and Margaret Griffith to Monroe School and accepts the resignation of art teacher Edwin Montgomery at East High.

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