Today is Monday, April 25, the 115th day of 2005. There are 250 days left in the year. On this date in 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces link up on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatizes the collapse of Nazi Germany's defenses.
In 1792, highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier becomes the first person under French law to be executed by the guillotine. In 1859, ground is broken for the Suez Canal. In 1915, during World War I, Allied soldiers invade the Gallipoli Peninsula in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Turkish Empire out of the war. In 1945, delegates from some 50 countries meet in San Francisco to organize the United Nations. In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway opens to shipping. In 1983, Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov invites Samantha Smith to visit his country after receiving a letter in which the Manchester, Maine, schoolgirl expresses fears about nuclear war. In 1983, the Pioneer 10 spacecraft crosses Pluto's orbit, speeding on its endless voyage through the Milky Way. In 1990, Violeta Barrios de Chamorro is inaugurated as president of Nicaragua, ending 11 years of leftist Sandinista rule. In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope is deployed from the space shuttle Discovery. In 1995, show business legend Ginger Rogers dies in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at age 83. In 2000, assailants shoot and kills Zika Petrovic, an ally of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic
April 25, 1980: The Youngstown city administration may turn to mediation to avoid a city employee strike after members of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 28 vote to walk out unless the city offers a new wage contract.
The Packard Electric Division of General Motors Corp. tells 3,010 workers they'll be laid off for one to three weeks because of a slowdown in orders.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Columbus will release a portion of Youngstown's $5.8 million community development grant after city council passes legislation clearing the way for 124 units of low- and moderate-income housing in the 4th Ward.
April 25, 1965: Youngstown Steel Door Co.'s $2 million expansion program, the major share of which is at its Henricks Road plant, will be completed in 1965, Emmett P. Dowling, president of the company, tells shareholders.
Spring weather is giving an impetus to what was probably the largest volume of new construction jobs in the district's history, with $250 million to $300 million worth of construction underway in the area or about to begin.
Sixteen applicants take the examination at the Hotel Pick-Ohio for the Mahoning County Welfare director post. Seven or eight were from Youngstown and the others were from Canton, Columbus and other communities.
April 25, 1955: More than 1,000 Ohio Republican women arrive in Youngstown for the spring conference of the Ohio Federation of Women's Republican Clubs.
The new Ohio Turnpike records its first traffic death when a New Springfield youth is killed when his car hits a heavy steel guard rail. William Moore, 19, dies in South Side Hospital, Youngstown.
The Rev. Robert A. Schade of Providence,. R.I., is the new minister of First Unitarian Church of Youngstown, succeeding the Rev. Paul Nathaniel Carnes, who accepted a call to Memphis.
April 25, 1930: Lawyers for Youngstown and the Erie Railroad are planning to fight the $60,000 verdict given by a jury to A.D. and W. Frank Thomas for damage to the Thomas property caused by the erection of the new Holmes Street bridge.
Moving time is drawing near for 12 officials of the Republic Steel Corp. who will be brought to Youngstown from various cities to consolidate the company's offices in Central Tower.
Warren voters participating in the Literary Digest poll favor enforcement of prohibition by a margin of 857 for strict enforcement to 617 favoring moderation.