Today is Thursday, April 14, the 104th day of 2005. There are 261 days left in the year. On this date in 1865, President Lincoln is shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater in Washington. (Lincoln dies the following morning.)
In 1759, composer George Frideric Handel dies in London. In 1775, the first American society for the abolition of slavery is organized by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush. In 1828, the first edition of Noah Webster's "American Dictionary of the English Language" is published. In 1902, James Cash Penney opens his first store, called "The Golden Rule," in Kemmerer, Wyo. In 1912, the British liner Titanic collides with an iceberg in the North Atlantic and begins sinking. In 1931, King Alfonso XIII of Spain goes into exile, and the Spanish Republic is proclaimed. In 1939, the John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" is first published.
April 14, 1980: An explosion in an underground transformer blacks out the downtown East Liverpool area for 12 hours.
Austintown police say furs and jewelry valued at $23,000 were stolen from a Greenbrier Village townhouse while the tenant was away for the weekend.
Youngstown residents, already facing a water rate increase of at least 25 percent, will be hit with an increase in the sewer use charge as well. The average water bill inside the city will increase from $16 to $20 a quarter and the sewer charge will go from $16 to $24 per quarter.
Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi escapes assassination when a knife thrown at her outside the parliament building narrowly misses.
April 14, 1965: The Republican Central Committee of Ohio gets a new member, Elton W. Luckhart of Youngstown. Luckhart, 45, succeeds Charles P. Henderson of Youngstown, who resigned.
The Youngstown Metropolitan Area Development Citizens Committee and the Community Improvement Corp. re-elect 12 directors and elect one new member, John E. Walls, assistant secretary of Commercial Shearing & amp; Stamping Co.
April 14, 1955: The first shipment of the Salk polio vaccine is received in Youngstown for private use, enough to inoculate 60 youngsters. The list price for a three-shot dose is $6. The wholesale price is $2.88. The supply for mass inoculations in the schools is expected to arrive soon.
A 38-year-old Ravenna motorist is acquitted of driving while intoxicated after he testified that it takes about four and a half cases of beer to get him drunk and he had drunk less than a case before his arrest.
Dr. Gabriel E. DeCicco, president-elect of the Mahoning Medical Society, predicts that some day cancer will be conquered like polio.
April 14, 1930: A lease under which the Paramount Pictures Corp. will take over the State Theater in Youngstown for 21 years at a rental aggregate of nearly $1.7 million is reached in New York.
Youngstown police have been asked to be on the look out for a well-known local police character wanted for questioning by Summit County officials in the gang-murder of David M. Cohen, 28, a Massillon bootlegger whose body was dumped in a woods 11 miles south of Akron.
The British government takes into custody leaders in Mahatma Gandhi's Indian Nationalist "civic disobedience" movement, making the arrest of Gandhi himself appear imminent.