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YEARS AGO

Today is Friday, March 18, the 78th day of 2016. There are 288 days left in the year.

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On this date in:

1766: Britain repeals the Stamp Act of 1765.

1837: The 22nd and 24th president of the United States, Grover Cleveland, is born in Caldwell, N. J.

1910: The first filmed adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein,” a silent short produced by Thomas Edison’s New York movie studio, is released.

1925: The Tri-State Tornado strikes southeastern Missouri, southern Illinois and southwestern Indiana, resulting in some 700 deaths.

1937: Some 300 people, mostly children, are killed in a gas explosion at a school in New London, Texas.

1940: Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet at the Brenner Pass, where the Italian dictator agrees to join Germany’s war against France and Britain.

1959: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Hawaii statehood bill. (Hawaii became a state Aug. 21, 1959.)

1962: France and Algerian rebels sign the Evian Accords, a cease-fire agreement that went into effect the next day, ending the Algerian War.

1965: The first spacewalk takes place as Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov goes outside his Voskhod 2 capsule, secured by a tether.

1974: Most of the Arab oil-producing nations end their 5-month-old embargo against the United States that had been sparked by American support for Israel in the Yom Kippur War.

1980: Frank Gotti, the 12-year-old youngest son of mobster John Gotti, is struck and killed by a car driven by John Favara, a neighbor in Queens, N. Y. (The following July, Favara vanished, the apparent victim of a gang hit.)

1990: Thieves make off with 13 works of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston (the crime remains unsolved).

1996: Rejecting an insanity defense, a jury in Dedham, Mass., convicted John C. Salvi III of murdering two women in attacks at two Boston – area abortion clinics in December 1994. (Salvi later committed suicide in his prison cell.)

2011: President Barack Obama demands that Moammar Gadhafi halt all military attacks on civilians and says that if the Libyan leader does not stand down, the United States would join other nations in launching military action against him.

VINDICATOR FILES

1991:Gov. George Voinovich proposes a $26.8 billion budget that cuts some welfare spending, holds taxes steady, gives modest increases in education spending and holds most other programs at current levels.

Carol Clark, conductor of the Boardman High School Orchestra, is the recipient of the 1991 Ohio String Teachers Association’s Outstanding Orchestra Director Award.

Defending state champions Fort Recovery defeats McDonald, 63-58, in overtime to win the state Division IV girls basketball state championship in Columbus. Dayton Dunbar defeats Canfield, 73-59, for the Division II championship, despite the Cardinals’ Jenny Kulics’ record-setting seven 3-point goals in the game.

1976: Mayor Jack C. Hunter goes to the 7th District Court of Appeals, seeking to overturn a ruling by Common Pleas Judge Charles Bannon ordering the reinstatement of three city employees fired by Hunter for striking in violation of the state’s Ferguson Law.

Youngstown City Council authorizes the administration to seek state and federal funds for the $7.4 million replacement of the Oak Street Bridge over Crab Creek.

A Trumbull County Common Pleas Court jury deliberates less than three hours before finding Pompie Junior Wade, 22, guilty of aggravated murder during a robbery at a Warren beverage store in which Dominic Chiarella was shot to death.

1966: Dr. Abraham Hoodin, Niles health commissioner, urges city schools to expand what they teach junior – and senior-high students about sex and venereal disease.

General Fireproofing Co. is approved for listing in the New York Stock Exchange. GF had a 1965 income of $2.8 million on sales of $56.7 million.

A groundbreaking ceremony marks the moving of 11 Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority units to make way for the Mahoning-West Federal Expressway.

1941: A train carrying 600 passengers from Youngstown, Niles and Warren to work at the Ravenna Arsenal collides near Windham with a fast-moving freight train. About 165 people are injured, 40 seriously.

George A. Bowman signs a five-year contract as superintendent of Youngstown schools. He will be paid $9,500 each of the first three years and $10,000 in the next two.

The story of television and its development is explained to 5,000 area students by experts in town to set up the WFMJ television theater at the Home Show at Stambaugh Auditorium.