Today is Tuesday, April 19, the 109th day of 2005. There are 256 days left in the year. On this date in 1775, the American Revolutionary War begins with the battles of Lexington and Concord.
In 1893, the Oscar Wilde play "A Woman of No Importance" opens at the Haymarket Theatre in London. In 1933, the United States goes off the gold standard. In 1943, during World War II, tens of thousands of Jews living in the Warsaw Ghetto begin a valiant but futile battle against Nazi forces. In 1945, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel" opens on Broadway. In 1951, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his Far East command by President Truman, bids farewell to Congress, quoting a line from a ballad: "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."
April 19, 1980: Sixteen persons -- among them two Mahoning Valley men, a nationally known oddsmaker and a newspaper columnist -- are indicted by a federal grand jury in Providence, R.I., for allegedly running a six-state gambling operation.
Customers served by the Ohio Water Service Co. can expect their water bills to rise about 50 percent if a rate increase requested by the company is approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
Vienna Township officials say they'll need more information about the impact of the planned construction of an aircraft assembly plant at Youngstown Municipal Airport before a property zone change is approved.
April 19, 1965: Five West Side youths including two brothers are injured when their car skidded on wet pavement and slammed into a pole at Maryland and Mahoning avenues.
Fred R. Kanangeiser, 86, retired industrialist, dies at the home of his daughter in Poland.
U.S. Rep Wayne L. Hayes of Flushing and Atty. John A. Jenkins of Birmingham, Ala., will be the principal speakers at Salem's first Loyalty Day observance May 1. More than 10 bands and 80 units will participate in a two-hour parade.
April 19, 1955: Guy R. Codding, 48, of White Plans, N.Y., a veteran of more than 21 years in social service work, is named executive secretary of the Youngstown Community Chest.
Paul C. Bunn, superintendent of schools since 1941, has his contract extended for another year by the Youngstown Board of Education. There will be no change in the $16,000 salary for the superintendent, who is 70 years old, and had planned to retire.
Six investigative committees are named by the Mahoning County Welfare Advisory Board to begin a detailed study of County Home operations.
April 19, 1930: Sixty high school seniors from every school in Mahoning County are competing at Central Junior High School in a statewide general scholarship contest to determine the three leading seniors in the state.
About 600 boys and girls dash through the shrubbery, over logs and under branches in a wild search for eggs in the annual YMCA Easter egg hunt at Slippery Rock Pavilion in Mil Creek Park.
Youngstown's population is likely to reach the 200,00 mark based on early returns from the seven wards, says Mrs. G.I. Gardiner, census supervisor in the city.