Today is Thursday, April 7, the 97th day of 2005. There are 268 days left in the year. On this date in 1862, Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeat the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.
In 1927, an audience in New York sees an image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television. In 1939, Italy invades Albania. (Less than a week later, Italy annexes Albania.) In 1945, during World War II, American planes intercept a Japanese fleet that was heading for Okinawa on a suicide mission. In 1947, auto pioneer Henry Ford dies in Dearborn, Mich., at age 83. In 1948, the World Health Organization is founded. In 1953, the U.N. General Assembly elects Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden to be secretary-general. In 1955, movie actress Theda Bara dies in Los Angeles at age 69. In 1969, the Supreme Court unanimously strikes down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material. In 1994, civil war erupts in Rwanda, a day after a mysterious plane crash claims the lives of the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi. In the months that follow, hundreds of thousands of minority Tutsi and Hutu intellectuals are slaughtered.
April 7, 1980: Joe DiMaggio will be making his first public visit to the Youngstown area at "An Evening with Joe DiMaggio," a fund-raising event for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital at the VIP Entertainment Complex in Niles.
Pope John Paul II extends Easter greetings to a crowd estimated at 350,000 in St. Peter's Square, speaking in 33 languages and apologizing to those whose tongue was not included.
The official Soviet news agency, Tass, says Walter Cronkite never resorted to such "deception and slander" as his successor, Dan Rather, who reported from Afghanistan that Soviet troops are using nerve gas against Afghan rebels.
April 7, 1965: The Ohio Liquor Department says its crackdown on juvenile drinking is showing results with arrests of adults and minors charged with violating juvenile alcohol statutes up 61 percent over a year earlier.
Rudolph Wyatt, a seventh grade teacher at Jackson School, will direct Youngstown's Neighborhood Youth Corps program when it gets underway. The project will provide community service jobs to 1,418 students and 179 out-of-school youths.
James F. McCann, 91, chief custodian at the Mahoning County Courthouse for 28 years, dies at St. Elizabeth Hospital after an illness of four months.
April 7, 1955: More than 90 percent of the first and second graders in Youngstown schools have been given consent of their parents to be vaccinated with the Salk polio vaccine beginning April 26.
Two firms have submitted low bids totaling $54,000 for a ladder truck and a pumper truck for the new downtown Youngstown fire station.
Girard officials are assured that Niles will enter into a long-range agreement for the sale of water when an equitable basis for the sale can be worked out.
April 7, 1930: The congregation of the First Presbyterian Church authorizes purchase of the A.E. Adams home at Fifth Avenue and Broadway as the site of the new church.
Stockholders in the Union Savings & amp; Trust Co. approve an important program of expansion that includes a substantial increase of capitalization through sale of a substantial block of stock to Continental Shares Inc. of Cleveland.
An application to reduce the light rates in the suburban territory immediately south of Youngstown is filed by the Penn-Ohio Power & amp; Light Co. with the public utilities commission at Columbus.