Today is Friday, April 1, the 91st day of 2005. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fool's Day. On this date in 1945, American forces invade Okinawa during World War II.
In 1853, Cincinnati, Ohio, becomes the first U.S. city to pay its firefighters a regular salary. In 1918, the Royal Air Force is established in Britain. In 1933, Nazi Germany begins persecuting Jews with a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses. In 1946, tidal waves strike the Hawaiian islands, resulting in more than 170 deaths. In 1960, the first weather satellite, TIROS-One, is launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. In 1963, most of New York City's daily newspapers resume publishing after a settlement is reached in a 114-day strike. In 1970, President Nixon signs a measure banning cigarette advertising on radio and television, to take effect after Jan. 1, 1971. In 1983, tens of thousands of anti-nuclear demonstrators link arms in a 14-mile human chain spanning three defense installations in rural England. In 1987, in his first major speech on the AIDS epidemic, President Reagan tells doctors in Philadelphia, "We've declared AIDS public health enemy number one." In 2003, American troops enter a hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq, and rescue Army Pvt. 1st Class Jessica Lynch, who'd been held prisoner since her unit was ambushed on March 23.
April 1, 1980: Public health officials say a hepatitis outbreak that sickened 25 persons at the Sokol Center has been traced to two food items served at a Christmas party, but that the restaurant is quite safe now.
Former U.S. Rep. Charles J. Carney withdraws from the race for 19th District congressman, leaving state Sen. Harry Meshel unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Mahoning County Prosecutor Vincent Gilmartin says his office would have to take a long look at retrying Stephen Masters on murder charges if the jury can't reach a verdict. Jurors have deliberated for 24 hours over four days.
April 1, 1965: Carol Jean Barnhart of Canfield is selected as the representative of the Eastern Ohio Student Nurses Association for Ohio student nurse of the year. She is a student at the Youngstown Hospital Association School of Nursing.
April 1, 1955: Louise Sarville of Lowellville, a senior studying music at Youngstown College, will reign as queen of the annual May fete
The Mahoning Chapter of the Red Cross is the second chapter of its size in Ohio to reach its 1956 goal. Mahoning volunteers exceeded their goal of $199,222 by $12,522.
A 21-year-old Scott Street youth is arrested after he tried to drag a North Side woman into his car and was beaten up by the intended victim's 26-year-old brother.
Just 2 hours and 45 minutes after the deadline for purchasing 1955 license plates at midnight, a 28-year-old North Avenue motorists is arrested for not having new plates on his car, the only motorist nabbed so far.
April 1, 1930: Walter Glenn Dague, former school teacher and auto salesman, smiles as a Lawrence County jury finds him guilty of murder and condemns him to death. The jury took just five minutes to return its verdict in the murder of state patrolman Brady Paul.
Appearing before a Senate committee, William Green, president of the American Federation of Labor, estimates that 3.7 million wage earners were out of work in February.