Today is Friday, April 8, the 98th day of 2005. There are 267 days left in the year. On this date in 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth's record. The round-tripper is off pitcher Al Downing.
In 1513, explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claims Florida for Spain. In 1935, the Works Progress Administration is approved by Congress. In 1946, the League of Nations assembles in Geneva for the last time. In 1952, President Truman seizes the steel industry to avert a nationwide strike. In 1970, the Senate rejects President Nixon's nomination of G. Harold Carswell to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1973, artist Pablo Picasso dies at his home near Mougins, France, at age 91. In 1981, Gen. Omar N. Bradley dies in New York at age 88. In 1990, Ryan White, the teenage AIDS patient whose battle for acceptance gains national attention, dies in Indianapolis at age 18. In 1993, singer Marian Anderson dies in Portland, Ore., at age 96. In 1994, Kurt Cobain, singer and guitarist for the grunge band Nirvana, is found dead in Seattle from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was 27.
April 8, 1980: Lawyers for the steel workers who are striving to gain control of two U.S. Steel mills take their never-say-die fight to Cincinnati, asking a federal appeals court to order the Ohio Works and McDonald Mills to be reopened.
Gary Lee, a former Youngstowner who is among the American hostages being held at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, calls his wife, Pat, and 10-year-old daughter, Dana, at their Falls Church, Va., home. Lee was one of five hostages given permission to make calls. The hostages are in their 157th day of captivity.
Arnold James Lawson, 18, receives Boy Scouting's highest award, the rank of Eagle, at ceremonies in Price Memorial AME Zion Church.
April 8, 1965: Jobless workers in Ohio cannot collect unemployment compensation and vacation pay at the same time, the Ohio Supreme Court rules.
The NAACP files suit in U.S District Court alleging that Akron area real estate men have conspired to keep Negroes from buying homes in lily-white areas of the city.
April 8, 1955: City traffic department crews are at work revising the signal system on Central Square in an attempt to provide a greater safety factor for pedestrians.
Without a dissenting vote, Ohio senators pass and send to the House a bill to take justices of the peace off the fee system and put them on fixed salaries. Magistrates would be able to accept fees only for performing marriages.
Framed in his studio window, 79-year-old Pope Pius XII gives a pre-Easter blessing to a throng of 100,000 in St. Peter's Square.
April 8, 1930: Reporters from 30 newspapers, including those from New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Chicago descend on Youngstown for the shareholders meeting of Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. at Stambaugh auditorium. Chairman James A. Campbell was expected to make an impassioned plea in favor of a merger with Bethlehem Steel Corp., while Cleveland industrialist Cyrus Eaton was to speak against a takeover.
Thirty shares of Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. stock sell on the Cleveland Stock Exchange for a record high price of 1551/4. Stock has been reported sold in private sales as high as $170 a share.
W.L. Buchanan, president of Youngstown City Council, tells the Fourth Ward Improvement Club that council has nearly enough money to purchase land and build a West Side swimming pool. Plans are almost complete as well for equipping Borts Field as a playground.