Today is Saturday, April 30, the 120th day of 2005. There are 245 days left in the year. On this date in 1945, as Russian troops approach his Berlin bunker, Adolf Hitler commits suicide along with his wife of one day, Eva Braun.
In 1789, George Washington takes office in New York as the first president of the United States. In 1803, the United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for 60 million francs, the equivalent of about $15 million. In 1812, Louisiana becomes the 18th state of the Union. In 1900, engineer John Luther "Casey" Jones of the Illinois Central Railroad dies in a wreck near Vaughan, Miss., after staying at the controls in an effort to save the passengers. In 1904, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition opens in St. Louis. In 1939, the New York World's Fair officially opens. In 1945, "Arthur Godfrey Time" makes its debut on the CBS radio network. In 1970, President Nixon announces the United States is sending troops into Cambodia, an action that sparks widespread protest. In 1973, President Nixon announces the resignations of top aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, along with Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst and White House counsel John Dean. In 1975, the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon falls to Communist forces.
April 30, 1980: U.S. Steel Corp., the nation's largest steel producer, reports first quarter earnings of $126 million, saying its decision in November to close 15 unprofitable plants "produced positive results."
Robert J. Casey, a former Vindicator reporter who once worked for Amtrak, is emerging as a strong candidate for the directorship of the Ohio Rail Transportation Authority.
Alfred Hitchcock, the noted director of Hollywood suspense films, dies in Los Angeles at the age of 80.
April 30, 1965: Youngstown rackets figure Joey Naples, who claimed his most recent arrest was based on evidence obtained from an improper search warrant, is released from the Ohio Penitentiary by the U.S. District Court in Columbus. Naples will remain free while the merits of his appeal are argued.
Walter H. Paulo is named chairman of the board of Isaly Dairy Co. and William R. Isaly is named to succeed Paul as president of the company.
Youngstown's share of the $2.6 million Crab Creek flood-control project will be $359,200. City council will meet to discuss how it will provide the local share.
April 30, 1955: Ronald Mitchell, a 12-year-old 7th grade student at Hayes Junior High School, battles for 16 rounds to win the Vindicator's 22nd annual spelling bee, besting 98 other school champions.
A 69-year-old South Side man conducts target practice in the basement of his Myrtle Avenue home, before emerging to fire eight shots at his 30-year-old next-door nephew. Police say the shooting culminated a three-year family feud. The nephew is in South Side Hospital.
Leander Searcy, 45, of Warren reports he was attacked and beaten by four teenagers as he waited for the Greyhound bus at Westlake's Crossing. The toughs took $5.
April 30, 1930: The "fair cash value" of Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. common stock for those shareholders who want cash rather than Bethlehem Steel Corp. stock from the merger is set at $110. Prior to the merger, Bethlehem had set the value at $133 and in the frenzy leading up to the vote, thousands of shares sold for $175.
Winners of the annual Taggart prize in oratory are announced in East Palestine. Betty Ward wins first prize for girls and Jean Moyer, second. William Flynn is given first prize among boys; David Williams, second. Capt. R.C. Taggart endowed the awards in 1907, allotting $50 annually. The first prize winners receive $10; second prize, $5, and three boys and three girls, $2.50 each.