Today is Sunday, April 17, the 107th day of 2005. There are 258 days left in the year. On this date in 1961, about 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launch the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro.
In 1521, Martin Luther goes before the Diet of Worms to face charges stemming from his religious writings. In 1524, Giovanni da Verrazano reaches present-day New York harbor. In 1790, American statesman Benjamin Franklin dies in Philadelphia at age 84. In 1861, the Virginia State Convention votes to secede from the Union. In 1941, Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany in World War II. In 1964, Ford Motor Co. unveils its new "Mustang" model at the New York World's Fair. In 1969, a jury in Los Angeles convicts Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. In 1969, Czechoslovak Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek is deposed. In 1970, the astronauts of Apollo 13 splash down safely in the Pacific, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank cripples their spacecraft. In 1975, Phnom Penh falls to Communist insurgents, ending Cambodia's five-year war.
April 17, 1980: Youngstown City Council authorizes the Board of Control to negotiate the lease of office space in the Uptown district to be used as a base station by police patrolling the area.
A weeklong shutdown at the General Motors Assembly Division van plant at Lordstown will idle 1,200 workers for a week and a further reduction in the plant's linespeed will result in the indefinite layoff off 200.
Record-breaking cold temperatures for two nights have had very little, if any, effect on crops in the county, says an area farm expert.
April 17, 1965: More than 13,000 pounds of steel bars collapse on a 58-year-old employee of the Copperweld Steel Co., killing him instantly. Robert Carr is pronounced dead at the plant by Dr. Joseph Sudimack Jr., Trumbull County coroner.
Traffic is detoured for several hours after a tractor-trailer rig carrying sheets of steel loses part of its load at Wilson Ave. and Hine St.
Fourteen applications are received in Columbus for the post of Mahoning County Welfare Director left vacant by the death of I.L. Feuer. Three candidates will be certified to the Mahoning County commissioners after taking an examination. The salary will be from between $820 to $980 a month.
April 17, 1955: Henry A. Roemer, chairman of the board of Sharon Steel Corp., receives an honorary life membership in the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers from the student chapter at the William Rayen School of Engineering at Youngstown College.
The Gypsy-Bel Shopping Center, a $2.5 million, project providing 140,000 square feet of floor space and parking for 1,300 cars will be built at the northwest corner of Belmont Ave. and Gypsy Lane, says Victor E. Shutrump Jr., director.
Moore's gambling joint on U.S. 422 East of Poland, which in the words of Sheriff Paul J. Langley was "closed" two weeks ago, is back in business. A reporter finds 25 cars parked outside the bookie joint on a weekday afternoon.
Rayen School's Ralph Robinette is 1955's football coach of the year and Darl Dolan of Boardman is basketball coach of the year. They are honored at the Mahoning Valley Coaches Association 4th annual spring clinic.
April 17, 1930: Hundreds of employees will be added to the office force of Republic Steel Corp. in Youngstown as soon as the organization of the company is complete. President E.T. McCleary returns to Youngstown with B.F. Fairless, first vice president, after a trip to Chicago.
Miss Doris Dean, 30 E. Avondale Ave., is the May Queen of the Youngstown "Y" College. The South High graduate is a sophomore at the college and intends to be a teacher.
WKBN radio in Youngstown is seeking a hearing with the Federal Radio Commission on an application to increase its power form 500 watts to 1,000 watts.
William R. Pringle, census supervisor, estimates the population of Cleveland at 950,000. In 1920, the population was listed as 796,841.
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