Today is Easter Sunday, April 8, the 98th day of 2007. There are 267 days left in the year. On this date in 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth's record. The round-tripper is off pitcher Al Downing.
In 1513, explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and his expedition begin exploring the Florida coastline. In 1935, Congress approves the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act, which provides money for programs such as the Works Progress Administration. In 1946, the League of Nations assembles in Geneva for its final session. In 1952, President Harry Truman seizes the steel industry to avert a nationwide strike. (The U.S. Supreme Court later rules that Truman had overstepped his authority.) In 1970, the Senate rejects President Nixon's nomination of G. Harold Carswell to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1973, artist Pablo Picasso dies at his home near Mougins, France, at age 91. In 1981, Gen. Omar N. Bradley dies in New York at age 88. In 1990, Ryan White, the teenage AIDS patient whose battle for acceptance gained national attention, dies in Indianapolis at age 18. In 1993, singer Marian Anderson dies in Portland, Ore., at age 96. In 1994, Kurt Cobain, singer and guitarist for the grunge band Nirvana, is found dead in Seattle from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was 27.
April 8, 1982: Mahoning County Sheriff James A. Traficant Jr. rejects a call by county judges that he step down while the federal government investigates the sheriff's election financing.
Maj. Malcolm Wren, board chairman of Wren's Skyships Ltd., says ground breaking for a blimp plant could take place within six months at Lansdowne Airport. The company is seeking to raise 55 million from investors.
Youngstown's Old Rugged Cross is returned to its hill at Lake Park Cemetery on E. Midlothian Boulevard. The 23-foot high cross, a landmark since 1959, yielded to high winds in January. .
Workers at General Motors car and van plants at Lordstown reject by a vote of three-to-one a proposed contract between GM and the United Auto Workers.
April 8, 1967: Trumbull County commissioners approve the annexation of 157 acres of Howland Township on Route 422 near Route 46 to the city of Niles. William Cafaro intends to build a multi-million shopping facility known as the Eastwood Mall at the site. Niles had refused to extend water service to the land without annexation.
Michigan Gov. George Romney vows that a Republican White House under his command would not yield to Communist terms in Vietnam. Democrats say Romney's position will lessen the war as a presidential campaign issue.
John C. Aiken, a Poland native and veteran United Airlines pilot, safely lands a 727 jet with 107 passengers and crew on a foam-covered runway at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida after it was discovered that the plane's landing gear would not deploy.
April 8, 1957: Jim Davis, 30, of Alliance escapes injury when his light amphibian plane noses over in Lake Milton.
An estimated 65,000 people attend the closing day program of the 28th annual Geauga County Maple Festival in spite of one of the worst snowfalls of the year.
Ursuline's Tom Carey is honored by the Mahoning Valley Coaches Association as the area's top football coach and Merle Rosselle of South is honored in basketball.
Youngstown Mayor Frank X. Kryzan calls a meeting of district mayors and law enforcement executives in a war council on a series of bombings. Kryzan suggests establishing a 5,000 reward fund.
April 8, 1932: Atty. W.P. Barnum, 53, chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Committee, is painfully injured when a tiny airplane in which he was making his first solo flight crashes at Jones Airport at Mahoning Avenue and Raccoon Road.
Police Chief Leroy Goodwin and Vice Chief Clarence Coppersmith criticize police court Judge H.P. Beckenbach for delaying or dropping liquor cases and giving what they consider lenient fines to repeat offenders.
A vigorous campaign on behalf of the 2 billion "soldiers bonus" is being pushed by at least 400 of the approximately 7,000 Mahoning County World War veterans during an open meeting of the Mahoning County Veterans Association at the VFW hall.
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