Today is Sunday, April 3, the 93rd day of 2005. There are 272 days left in the year. On this date in 1860, the legendary Pony Express begins service between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif.
In 1865, Union forces occupy the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va. In 1882, outlaw Jesse James is shot to death in St. Joseph, Mo., by Robert Ford, a member of James' gang. In 1936, Bruno Hauptmann is electrocuted in Trenton, N.J., for the kidnap-murder of the Lindbergh child. In 1946, Lt. Gen. Masaharu Homma, the Japanese commander responsible for the Bataan Death March, is executed outside Manila. In 1948, President Truman signs the Marshall Plan, which allocates more than $5 billion in aid for 16 European countries. In 1968, the day before he is assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his famous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech to a rally of striking sanitation workers. In 1968, North Vietnam agrees to meet with U.S. representatives to set up preliminary peace talks. In 1974, deadly tornadoes strike wide parts of the South and Midwest before jumping across the border into Canada; more than 300 fatalities result. In 1979, Jane M. Byrne is elected mayor of Chicago, defeating Republican Wallace D. Johnson. In 1985, the landmark Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood closes after 56 years in business.
April 3, 1980: A jury of nine men and three women reaches a verdict of guilty shortly after beginning its sixth day of deliberations in the murder trial of Steven Masters, charged in the Valentine's Day murder of his wife, Jodi.
Niles police say the city has enough money to avoid laying off three to five patrolmen in their department and the union president threatens a strike if layoffs are attempted.
The Casey Equipment Co. of Pittsburgh, a company that rebuilds steel mill equipment for resale, opens up shop in the Campbell Works mills bought from Jones & amp; Laughlin Steel Corp.
April 3, 1965: Speaking at the State Theater in downtown Youngstown to the Junior League at its Town Hall lecture series, advice columnist Ann Landers says trouble is not always bad; adversity can build character and provide people with the opportunity to grow.
John C. Cox, 62, clerk of the Mahoning County commissioners for 20 years and former vice chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Central Committee, dies in North Side Hospital following an illness.
Stacks of legal documents cluttering Ohio's courthouses could be thrown away after being microfilmed under a measure approved by the Ohio Senate.
April 3, 1955: America's next 10 years should be "unquestionably the most exciting and the most rewarding of any comparable period in our history," a Ford Motor Co. executive says at a dinner honoring Lester F. Donnell, past president of the Youngstown Chamber of Commerce, at a banquet attended by 400.
Capt. John H. Docherty, commander of Co. D., 145th Infantry Regiment, says the Youngstown National Guard is ready for a surprise alert that will test the speed with which armed units could mobilize in a military emergency.
Frank E. Fuller is preparing for his 34th Easter as musical director of St. John's Episcopal Church. It will begin with a Palm Sunday presentation of the famous cantata, "The Crucifixion" by Sir John Stanter.
April 3, 1930: Clarence J. Brown, Ohio secretary of state, promises an investigation of the Mahoning County Board of Elections on an accusation that poll book tallies have been altered since the November election.
Charles M. Schwab, chairman of the board of directors of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. will deliver the commencement address at Allegheny College June 10.
Adam Stone Jr., 16-year-old son of Sheriff Adam Stone, has his first forced landing in an airplane. The student pilot at Bernard Field took off in a solo flight in a Waco biplane, the motor of which quit just after the plane left the ground. He quickly turned around and landed safely.
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