Years Ago

Today is Friday, April 5, the 95th day of 2013. There are 270 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1614: Pocahontas, daughter of the leader of the Powhatan tribe, marries English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia. (A convert to Christianity, she goes by the name Lady Rebecca.)

1887: In Tuscumbia, Ala., Anne Sullivan achieves a breakthrough as her blind and deaf pupil, Helen Keller, learns the meaning of the word “water” as spelled out in the Manual Alphabet.

1895: Oscar Wilde loses his criminal libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry, who’d accused the writer of homosexual practices.

1933: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an executive order creating the Civilian Conservation Corps and an order that effectively prohibits private ownership of gold.

1964: Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur dies in Washington at age 84.

1987: Fox Broadcasting Co. makes its prime-time TV debut by airing a total of three times the premiere episode of “Married... with Children” followed by “The Tracey Ullman Show.”


1988: Struthers Patrolman Kenneth Kotouch escapes serious injury when a burglar at the office of Dr. James Mazzi fires a sawed-off shotgun at him and escapes.

U.S. District Attorney Leon Kellner says a judge overstepped his authority in not sending industrialist Victor Posner to jail for tax evasion. “The rich can trade money for liberty while the poor cannot,” says Kellner.

1973: Youngstown City Council passes an ordinance sponsored by 1st Ward Councilman Jerome McNally requiring any person entering a public or parochial school to get permission from the principal and establishing a $300 fine for creating a disturbance in a school.

Three sticks of dynamite with a burned out fuse are found behind a vending machine at the Sabatino Sunoco station at 1564 Mahoning Ave. Workers leaving the Wonder Bread Baking Co. spotted the sputtering fuse and called the fire department, but the fuse went out before firemen arrived.

1963: Four teenagers and a 12-year-old miss death by inches when their car strikes a tree and ends up on the brink of a 100-foot ravine in Mill Creek Park. The 1960 Ford in which they were riding was demolished.

Another boost in orders brings steel production in the Youngstown district to 68 percent of capacity with 11 blast furnaces, 45 open hearths, a Bessemer converter and a basic oxygen converter in operation.

Boardman High School students are getting ready for their spring concert, “Album of Melodies” under the direction of Mrs. Etheleda Humphrey.

The Hunkin-Conkey Construction Co. of Cleveland submits the apparent low bid of $5.4 million for construction of the West Branch Reservoir Dam.

1938: Gov. Martin L. Davey, in Youngstown to announce his bid for re-election, defends his decision in the summer of 1937 to send Ohio National Guard troops to the city during the steel strike. He said Ohio, and perhaps the nation, “was rushing headlong into a reign of lawlessness and perhaps civil war under the domineering leadership of John L. Lewis, whose policy was rule or ruin.”

Mahoning County has spent $3,000 since the first of the year to administer the rabies vaccine to 144 dog bite victims. The county has rounded up 1,000 stray dogs, but the drive is continuing.

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