Today is Monday, April 18, the 108th day of 2005. There are 257 days left in the year. On this date in 1955, physicist Albert Einstein dies in Princeton, N.J., at age 76.
In 1775, Paul Revere begins his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Mass., warning American colonists that the British are coming. In 1906, a devastating earthquake strikes San Francisco, followed by raging fires. About 700 people die. In 1921, Junior Achievement, created to encourage business skills in young people, is incorporated. In 1942, an air squadron from the USS Hornet led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle raids Tokyo and other Japanese cities. In 1944, the ballet "Fancy Free," with music by Leonard Bernstein, premieres. In 1945, famed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle, 44, is killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Shima, off Okinawa. In 1946, the League of Nations goes out of business. In 1956, actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco in a civil ceremony. (A church wedding takes place the next day.) In 1980, Zimbabwe Rhodesia becomes the independent nation of Zimbabwe. In 1983, 62 people, including 17 Americans, are killed at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, by a suicide bomber.
April 18, 1980: Republican Gov. James A. Rhodes will back former California Gov. Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination for president, but the Ohio Republican Party is remaining neutral.
Mahoning County commissioners and Youngstown officials dismiss the possibility of joining with Trumbull County to build a city-county jail for long-term imprisonment outside of downtown Youngstown.
More than 7,000 production workers at the Packard Electric Division of General Motors will be idled for at least part of the week due to annual inventory operations and a continuing automobile sales slump.
April 18, 1965: The Youngstown district is entering the warm season with the best water supply in years. The Corps of U.S. Army Engineers reports storage of 14.2 billion gallons at Berlin, 7.4 billion at Milton and 24.6 billion at Mosquito Creek.
More than 400 delegates from the 71 branches of the American Association of University Women in Ohio will be in Youngstown for the AAUW bi-ennial convention, which will be held at the Pick-Ohio.
Hubbard Police Chief Bob Greer, whose weekend hobby is driving race cars, will be in the line-up of 100 speedsters at the opening of Canfield Speedway's 20th season. Greer will be driving a 1958 Ford in late model competition.
April 18, 1955: A building committee meeting with three Mahoning County common pleas judges rules that no more than $900,000 can be spent on construction of a county jail and office building and that the needs of the jail must be met first.
Al Schrecongost is elected president of the Youngstown Aerie 213, Fraternal Order of Eagles, succeeding Alvin V. Lehnerd.
Albert Einstein, world famous scientist, dies at Princeton Hospital after a three-day illness. He was 76.
The annual ticket campaign for the Youngstown Philharmonic Orchestra's 1955-56 season opens with nearly a fourth of the reserved seats spoken for.
April 18, 1930: Youngstown's premier woman golfer, Miss Louise Fordyce, is sailing with 15 other U.S. golfers on the Berengaria to great Britain will they will play team matches and in British championship matches. Among the courses they will play is the St. Andrews course in Scotland -- seventh heaven for every good golfer.
Mrs. Emery L. McKelvey is elected president of the Citizens Smoke Abatement League of Youngstown at the league's first meeting, attended by about 20 persons, all prominent Youngstowners.
C.F. Owsley, secretary of the Greater Youngstown Hotel Corp., predicts that a $1.5 million hotel will be built adjacent to the $1 million Warner Theater. Construction of the theater will begin soon, and Owsley says progress on the hotel will come shortly after.
St. Joseph Parochial School in Youngstown has a modern new dental clinic, complete with a dentist's chair and sanitary equipment for treatment of students.