Years Ago

Today is Monday, April 1, the 91st day of 2013. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fool’s Day.


On this date in:

1789: The U.S. House of Representatives holds its first full meeting in New York; Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania is elected the first House speaker.

1853: Cincinnati, Ohio, establishes a fire department made up of paid city employees.

1912: The city of Branson, Mo., is incorporated.

1933: Nazi Germany stages a daylong national boycott of Jewish-owned businesses.

1939: The United States recognizes the government of Gen. Francisco Franco in Spain, the same day Franco goes on radio to declare victory in the Spanish Civil War.

1945: American forces launch the amphibious invasion of Okinawa during World War II.

1962: The Katherine Anne Porter novel “Ship of Fools,” an allegory about the rise of Nazism in Germany, is published by Little, Brown & Co. on April Fool’s Day.


1988: Lucasville prison officials are denying a suggestion that John Ingram of Youngstown and another inmate died of injuries suffered in beatings by guards.

The Youngstown Post Office is preparing for a last minute rush as people attempt to get letters in the mail before postage goes from 22 cents to 25 cents.

A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh returns a 30-count indictment against six alleged members of the Pagan Motorcycle Club, including the president of the Youngstown chapter.

1973: Hundreds of readers respond to The Vindicator’s “Eyesore Campaign,” calling in reports of rundown and uninhabitable residential and commercial structures in the city.

A two-alarm fire apparently caused by an electrical short results in an undetermined amount of damage to the New Bethel Baptist Church on Hillman Street.

1963: Bids will be opened for building the dam for the $14 million West Branch Reservoir between Newton Falls and Ravenna.

Lt. Gov. John W. Brown charges state Rep. George D. Tablack, D-Struthers, with having “utter disregard for the laws of Ohio” by calling for the House Liquor Committee to investigate the Liquor Board’s suspension of the liquor permit for Nick Opritza’s Party Pantry.

The Defense Department announces that 1,300 doctors will be drafted for military service in coming months.

1938: Youngstown steel operations increase three points, to 33 percent of capacity, the best operating rate of 1938.

Sound education is the only means of attacking the radical tendencies in the world today, says Kenneth D. Mann, executive vice president of the Truscon Steel Co., in speaking on behalf of the Friends of Youngstown College Library Association.

Youngstown automobile insurance rates are adjusted downward for the first time in several years, but local drivers are still paying top-flight rates.

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