Today is Saturday, March 8, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:
In 1914, the motion picture "Trafficking in Souls" was to have been shown tonight at the Illinois Theatre in Urbana, but after a private showing with Mayor Browder of Urbana, Dean Clark of the University of Illinois and two or three Urbana club women, it was decided not to permit the showing. "At the close of the showing, those whom we invited in were of one voice, that being that the pictures were not of a nature which would permit their showing in Urbana," said manager Harris of the Illinois. "That was all that was necessary and the contract with the film company was immediately canceled. We want it understood that we will attempt to offer nothing distasteful in our theaters and will always submit cheerfully to honest criticism. These ladies and gentlemen thought these pictures not suitable and there was no argument on our part." It is believed that this is the first time the pictures have been withheld from the public.
In 1964, nearly 700,000 people from all over the world have passed through the Assembly Hall in its first year of existence. So far, the Hall has hosted the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Nat King Cole, Peter Paul and Mary, Peter Nero, Cannonball Adderley, the Ice Capades, the New York City Opera and 64,000 fans for the state high school basketball tournament.
In 1999, Illinois' magic carpet ride in the Big Ten Tournament ended with a 67-50 loss to Michigan State in the championship game. Not even three wins against three teams in three days was enough to propel the Illini (14-18) into the postseason. The NIT doesn't take teams with losing records.