Today is Saturday, April 6, the 96th day of 2013. There are 269 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1830: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is organized by Joseph Smith in Fayette, N.Y.
1896: The first modern Olympic games formally open in Athens, Greece.
1909: American explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson and four Inuits become the first men to reach the North Pole.
1917: Congress approves a declaration of war against Germany.
1945: During World War II, the Japanese warship Yamato and nine other vessels sail on a suicide mission to attack the U.S. fleet off Okinawa; the fleet is intercepted the next day.
1959: “Gigi” wins the Academy Award for best picture of 1958; Susan Hayward is named best actress for “I Want to Live!” and David Niven is named best actor for “Separate Tables.” (To the embarrassment of the show’s producers, the scheduled 2-hour ceremony falls about 20 minutes short.)
1973: Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees becomes Major League Baseball’s first designated hitter as he faces pitcher Luis Tiant of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway. (Blomberg is walked with the bases loaded; Boston wins the game, 15-5.)
1998: Country singer Tammy Wynette dies at her Nashville home at age 55.
1988: Jennie I. Dalessandro, a strong advocate for improved elementary schools during 19 years on the Youngstown Board of Education, dies in Northside Medical Center after suffering a heart attack. She was 62.
A group of residents in Hubbard are demanding that the old Palace theater on West Liberty Street either be renovated or razed.
1973: Mayor Jack C. Hunter issues the ninth veto of his three years in office, rejecting an ordinance that would allow the storage of abandoned or impounded cars on a lot owned by M&T Towing at Federal Street and North Avenue.
The cost of water supplied by the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District to its two member cities, Youngstown and Niles, will be increased $2.69 or about 3 percent to $91.42 per million gallons for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
1963: During a press conference at the Hotel Pick-Ohio, the Edward J. DeBartolo Co. announces that Strouss- Hirshberg will open department stores in the Boardman and Liberty plazas.
A wrecking ball is attacking the last remaining vestige of Westminster Presbyterian Church across from the Mahoning County Courthouse, the church bell tower.
Sgt. William Leshnock, Patrolmen Frank Mowery and Thomas Howe are called to the Youngstown YMCA where they help bag a live mink with a nasty disposition which somehow got into the Central Y basement. The animal was turned over to the Burns’ Mink Farm in Lowellville.
1938: A committee representing 200 Mahoning County grocers demand that county commissioners show what legal rights they have to make a list of approved grocers who may handle trade from county relief customers.
Youngstown Municipal Judge Harry C. Hoffman urges stricter laws for traffic safety and complains that it is virtually impossible to get a jury conviction of a motorist accused of drunken driving.
Youngstown’s traffic toll during the first three months of the year is five, a 66 percent drop over the same period a year earlier when 15 died.