Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2013. There are 273 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1513: Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and his expedition land in present-day Florida. (Some historians say the landing actually occurred the next day, on April 3.)

1792: Congress passes the Coinage Act, which authorizes establishment of the U.S. Mint.

1800: Ludwig van Beethoven premieres his Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21, in Vienna.

1860: The first Italian Parliament meets at Turin.

1863: During the Civil War, the Richmond Bread Riot erupts in the Confederate capital as a mob made up mostly of women, outraged over food shortages and rising prices, attacks and loots stores.

1912: The just-completed RMS Titanic leaves Belfast to begin its sea trials eight days before the start of its ill-fated maiden voyage.


1988: Austintown police are trying to match 83 plastic Easter bunnies left on North Beverly Avenue with reports of stolen decorations.

State Rep. Michael Verich of Warren, D-59th, says Warren’s chance to be the site of a new state prison are improved because of the city’s significant minority population and because the city has not been the past recipient of capital spending.

1973: U.S. Rep. Thomas P. O’Neill, D-Mass., House majority leader, will speak at an appreciation dinner for Mahoning County Democratic Chairman Jack Sulligan at the Sheraton Motor Inn West.

Fifteen hundred copies of a 20-minute recording detailing the growth and development of the Youngstown Playhouse as a vital community resource will be presented to season ticket holders as part of the 1973-74 membership campaign.

1963: Youngstown police and the city prosecutor’s office protest after learning that Municipal Judge Don L. Hanni Jr. used “judicial discretion” to dismiss four cases in 1962 involving charges of prostitution and liquor violations.

The Park and Recreation Commission votes unanimously against establishing a three-agency Mental Health Center at Ipe Field.

1938: Supporters of Gov. Martin L. Davey and supporters of former Lt. Gov. Charles Sawyer for the governorship are locked in a struggle for control of the Young Men’s Democratic Club of Mahoning County.

Col. R.G. Powell says the army engineers at Cincinnati have dropped plans for construction of a single Mahoning Reservoir north of Youngstown and are proposing instead three reservoirs at Berlin, Mosquito Creek and Eagle Creek. The three dams would cost about $10 million.

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