This week in history
100 years ago - 1909
MARCH 23: Residents approved a $75,000 city bond issue for a new high school, a school for black students and improvements to the streets, sewer system and waterfront. Out of 564 registered voters, 234 voted at police headquarters in City Hall.
MARCH 27: J.R. Havens was arraigned on a charge of "attempting to entice away a woman for immoral purposes." The complainant was Mrs. John H. Williams, whose husband owned the Red Cross Pharmacy. In a rather complicated ruse, Havens, posing as a boy, wrote to Mrs. Williams asking her to meet him, at night, on Beach Drive to settle a mistake about the purchase of some cigarettes. Mrs. Williams brought along a policeman and her husband, who brought along his revolver.
75 years ago - 1934
MARCH 22: Applications for federal relief had been distributed to teachers, but the new school aid plan would pay only teachers who had no other sources of income, eliminating all but 2 percent. It still wasn't known how much the aid would reduce school tuition.
MARCH 26: The 87th meeting of the American Chemical Society opened at the Vinoy Park Hotel. More than 1,000 chemists attended the five-day gathering. Papers included canning and bottling orange juice, ionizing sea water to extract precious metals and discussions about the newly discovered "heavy hydrogen" in "heavy water."
50 years ago - 1959
MARCH 26: The World Series champion Yankees beat the Pirates 7 to 2 at Al Lang Field, sparked by Mickey Mantle, who racked up a 415-foot home run, a single, three walks and two stolen bases.
The Times reported that the Civic Music Association favored a new city auditorium but not the one proposed. While an aluminum domed hall might make a good convention center, a more traditional auditorium had a better chance of paying its way. The flat floor, temporary stage and moveable seating made it a poor theater.
MARCH 28: At 8:30 p.m., 1,000 people attended a Democratic rally at Al Lang Field and listened to Sen. John F. Kennedy, considered the frontrunner to be the party's nominee in the 1960 presidential race. Earlier, Kennedy attended a $10-a-plate dinner at the Detroit Hotel. In the afternoon, he spoke at the Young Democrats conference in Tampa. Kennedy told reporters he had not made up his mind to run.
The fifth edition of the Sunshine Festival opened with selection of the Junior Sun Goddess at a ball in the Soreno hotel. Selection of the Sun Goddess, for college-age women, would occur at the Coronation Ball at the Coliseum April 2.
25 years ago - 1984
MARCH 24: The Times reported that USF president John Lott Brown had asked for land to expand the university's Bayboro campus in a letter dated March 20. Brown wanted 16 acres of Albert Whitted Airport, and 23 acres to the north, west and southwest of USF for classrooms, parking and a communications building.
MARCH 28: Director Ron Howard was scouting locations, including the city shuffleboard court, for Cocoon, which was to begin shooting here in late May.