Today is Good Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2003. There are 257 days left in the year. On this date in 1775, Paul Revere begins his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Mass., warning American colonists that the British were coming.
In 1906, a devastating earthquake strikes San Francisco, followed by raging fires. About 700 people die. In 1921, Junior Achievement, created to encourage business skills in young people, is incorporated. In 1923, the first game is played in Yankee Stadium. The Yankees defeat the Boston Red Sox, 4-1. In 1942, an air squadron from the USS Hornet led by Lt. Col. Colonel James H. Doolittle raids Tokyo and other Japanese cities. In 1942, the first World War II edition of The Stars and Stripes is published as a weekly newspaper for U.S. troops in Northern Ireland. In 1945, famed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle, 44, is killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Shima, off Okinawa. In 1946, the League of Nations goes out of business. In 1978, the U.S. Senate votes 68-32 to turn the Panama Canal over to Panamanian control on Dec. 31, 1999. In 1983, 62 people, including 17 Americans, are killed at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, by a suicide bomber. In 1994, former President Nixon suffers a stroke at his home in Park Ridge, N.J.; he dies four days later at a New York hospital.
April 18, 1978: Assistant Superintendent James Jarvis and Superintendent Robert L. Pegues settle their administrative differences, with Jarvis agreeing to drop his suit against Pegues and the Youngstown Board of Education and apparently staying in his post.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources requests $78,000 from the U.S. Department of the Interior to fill immediately two abandoned mines that opened in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
Emphasizing that GF Business Equipment Inc. "has some good people and some interesting opportunities" in Youngstown, G.F. President Mason D. Feisel holds out strong hope for vitalizing its Youngstown facilities as its top-ranking operation.
April 18, 1963: It's incumbent on all good Americans to support President Eisenhower and his foreign policy, says Averell Harriman, former ambassador to Russia, as he arrives in Youngstown to address the Jefferson-Jackson Day banquet.
Frank Purnell, chairman of the board of the Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co., is critically ill in North Side Hospital following a cerebral hemorrhage.
A one-inch blanket of snow covers daffodils, hyacinths and other harbingers of spring as winter returns to the Youngstown area.
April 18, 1953: Patrolman John Fabrizi Jr., 33, is injured when he loses control of his cruiser while chasing a speeding truck and struck another car at E. Federal St. and Andrews Ave.
Youngstown City Council takes the first legislative step to get work underway on the $2 million River Bend federal urban renewal project. The city will have to provide $278,000 in cash and $430,000 worth of improvements to the area.
A severe thunderstorm with hail and high winds lashes the Youngstown district, with lightning strikes causing to house fires.
April 18, 1928: N.A. Wolcott, president, and B.N. McGregor, cable sales manger, of Packard Electric Co. in Warren. unveil a new Stinson-Detroiter airplane, which the company is using in sales promotion work. It is Warren's first commercial airplane.
Elmer T. McCleary, 1621 Fifth Ave., a resident of Youngstown since 1901 and who has made his career with the Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co., will be in charge of the combined Republic and Trumbull properties, the fifth largest steel company in the United States. He was elected president.
Atty. F.R. Hahn, newly elected president of the Mahoning County Bar Association, says the association's by-laws and constitution will be revised in an effort to eliminate "ambulance chasing."