Today is Thursday, April 28, the 118th day of 2005. There are 247 days left in the year. On this date in 1945, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, are executed by Italian partisans as they attempt to flee the country.
In 1758, the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, is born in Westmoreland County, Va. In 1788, Maryland becomes the seventh state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In 1947, a six-man expedition sails from Peru aboard a balsa wood raft named the "Kon-Tiki" on a 101-day journey to Polynesia. In 1952, war with Japan officially ends as a treaty that had been signed by the United States and 47 other nations takes effect. In 1958, Vice President Nixon and his wife, Pat, begin a goodwill tour of Latin America that is marred by hostile mobs in Lima, Peru, and Caracas, Venezuela. In 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refuses to be inducted into the Army, the same day Gen. William C. Westmoreland tells Congress the U.S. "would prevail in Vietnam." In 1980, President Carter accepts the resignation of Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, who had opposed the failed rescue mission aimed at freeing American hostages in Iran. In 1988, a flight attendant is killed and 61 persons injured when part of the roof of an Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 peels back during a flight from Hilo to Honolulu.
April 28, 1980: Visiting Judge John Maxwell denies a request by Niles Municipal Judge Charles Zubyk for a temporary restraining order against Niles city officials and police department.
Ruben Nazario, principal of East High School, receives the 1980 Community Service Award of the Organizacion Civica y Cultural Hispana Americana.
Youngstown State University is still weighing whether it will purchase steam from the Youngstown Thermal Corp, Edmund J. Salata, dean of administrative affairs, tells the YSU Board of Trustees.
April 28, 1965: A general alarm fire destroys the Stambaugh-Thompson Co. branch in the Elm Road Plaza in Warren. J.B. Thompson, president of the company, tours the site and estimates damage at $200,000.
Mahoning County is being considered as the site of a multi-million dollar plastics-electric industrial plant employing 600 to 700 workers.
The Ohio Senate Education Committee votes 6-0 to kill a bill that would have required drive-in theaters in the state to close by 1:30 a.m.
Four Youngstown district boys win four-year awards to the colleges of their choice through the National Merit Scholarship Competition. They are Charles L. Gahagan Jr. and Donald E. Curry Jr. of Fitch, David L. Mauch of Greenford and Lee N. Hanuschak of John F. Kennedy School.
April 28, 1955: Fred J. Mackey, 57, of Mercer Pa., turn foreman at Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co.'s Brier Hill plant, is found murdered in the company parking lot.
The Salk antipolio vaccination program in Youngstown and Mahoning County continues despite reports that six children in western states who received the vaccine had contracted polio.
Sunny skies draw thousands of shoppers downtown for the eighth annual Grater Youngstown Sale Day. Merchants agree that business is better than 1954's big bargain day.
April 28, 1930: No person should be arrested without good cause and that the law permitting arrests on suspicion is subject to abuse, Mayor Joseph L. Heffernan tells Police Chief Paul Lyden . The mayor said the jail is holding 106 prisoners and that too many of them are being held on suspicion and will eventually be released without charges.
Samuel E. Bool of Pickans, Mathers & amp; Co. testifies that his company bought 60,000 shares of Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. for $9 million in advance of the vote to merge Sheet & amp; Tube with Bethlehem Steel Corp.