Today is Tuesday, April 26, the 116th day of 2005. There are 249 days left in the year. On this date in 1986, the world's worst nuclear accident occurs at the Chernobyl plant in the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire kills at least 31 people and sends radioactivity into the atmosphere.
In 1785, American naturalist and artist John James Audubon is born in Haiti. In 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln, is surrounded by federal troops near Bowling Green, Va., and killed. In 1945, Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, the head of France's Vichy government during World War II, is arrested. In 1964, the African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merge to form Tanzania. In 1970, the Broadway musical "Company" opens at the Alvin Theatre in New York. In 1980, following an unsuccessful attempt by the United States to rescue the U.S. Embassy hostages in Iran, the Tehran government announces the captives are being scattered to thwart any future rescue effort. In 1994, voting begins in South Africa's first all-race elections.
April 26, 1980: First Lt. Jeffrey Harrison of Howland is identified as one of the four men burned in a collision of an Air Force C-130 and a helicopter during an abortive attempt to free the American hostages in Iran. He is recuperating in Germany.
John Bertrand Briggs, 83, of Sebring, founder of the Royal China Co. and president of French Saxon China Co., dies in Alliance City Hospital.
Transworld Industries applies to the Trumbull County Community Improvement Corp. for sponsorship of industrial revenue bonds that would aid in financing a $2 million expansion of a plant to employ 150 workers modifying, manufacturing and repairing rail cars.
April 26, 1965: Champions are crowned in a two-day skeet shoot at the Youngstown Country Club. Robert W. Pugh takes the men's scratch title; David Tod is runner-up. Mrs. Aesal Adams wins the ladies championship. Handicap laurels go to W.T. Blair and Mrs. David Tod.
The grand opening of Imperial Wholesalers new store at 3107 Belmont Ave. causes traffic jams there and at the older South Side store, which is holding an identical sale.
Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower endorses President Johnson's Vietnam policy in what is believed to be his strongest public commentary on the issue since bombing of North Vietnam began in February.
April 26, 1955: Thousands of first and second graders march in line in the public and parochial schools of Mahoning County to get their first Salk antipolio shots, a gift of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.
Consolidation of Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. and Bethlehem Steel Corp. would benefit shareholders, the country and the steel industry, J.L. Mauthe, president of Sheet & amp; Tube, says at a shareholder meeting.
Crime in Youngstown decreased in five of the seven major categories used by the FBI statistical studies in 1954, but burglaries and robberies increase sharply. The city had five murders in 1954, a marked decrease from 11 in 1953.
April 26, 1930: A movement to extend an invitation to Henry Ford to locate a factory in Youngstown is launched by H.W. Grant, president of the Chamber of Commerce.
Two mad dogs, one found in Wilson Avenue, the other in E. Madison Avenue, have been killed by George Baun, county dog warden.
For the eighth consecutive year, Youngstowners plant trees and shrubs to mark Arbor Day.
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