Today is Thursday, April 4, the 94th day of 2013. There are 271 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1818: Congress decides the flag of the United States would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union.
1912: China proclaims a republic in Tibet, a move fiercely opposed by Tibetans.
1933: The Navy airship USS Akron crashes in severe weather off the New Jersey coast with the loss of 73 lives.
1968: Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, is shot to death as he stands on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn.
1973: The twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center are officially dedicated.
1975: More than 130 people, most of them children, are killed when a U.S. Air Force transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crash-lands shortly after takeoff from Saigon.
1988: Youngstown expects to complete its purchase of the former USX property on the city’s West Side after making a $21,850 down payment on a sale price of $437,000.
About 50 Youngstown area Civil War buffs join a nationwide petition effort aimed at dissuading the DeBartolo Corp. from building a shopping mall outside Manassas, Va., near the site of two major Confederate victories of the war.
1973: Lemuel J. Huff, 29, dies of smoke inhalation in a fire caused by a cigarette dropped on a sofa bed in Huff’s second floor apartment at 820 Michigan Ave.
A nationwide consumer boycott aimed at high meat prices has cut meat sales by as much as 80 percent and reduced some prices by as much as 29 cents a pound.
1963: Federal Judge Charles F. Paul Jr. gives federal agents a dressing down for shoddy work after a jury finds Dominic “Moosey” Caputo of Youngstown and a Hollywood, Fla. man not guilty of violating federal gambling conspiracy laws at the Jockey Club in Chester, W. Va.
A price war trims 3 cents at the pumps of many Youngstown area service stations, dropping the price of a gallon of regular to 28.9 at name-brand stations and 26.9 at some sub-brands.
1938: Katherine A. Gibson of Cleveland, moved by the story of Mrs. Martha Rockwell of Youngstown who didn’t have $10 to rescue her four unlicensed dogs from the Mahoning County dog pound, sends a check. Mrs. Rockwell says her dogs were very glad to see her and are happy to be home.
Charles Gleckler, 55, a well known painter and paper hanger, dies of exposure in a ditch near St. Catherine’s Church at Craig Beach after his car crashed through a guard rail and plunged into a creek.