Years Ago

Today is Sunday, April 7, the 97th day of 2013. There are 268 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1788: Gen. Rufus Putnam’s expedition establishes a settlement at present-day Marietta, Ohio.

1798: The Mississippi Territory is created by an act of Congress, with Natchez as the capital.

1862: Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeat the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.

1922: The Teapot Dome scandal begins as Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall signs a secret deal to lease U.S. Navy petroleum reserves to his friends, oilmen Harry F. Sinclair and Edward L. Doheny.

1927: The image and voice of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover are transmitted live from Washington to New York in the first long-distance demonstration of television.

1949: The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” opens on Broadway.

1959: A referendum in Oklahoma repeals the state’s ban on alcoholic beverages.

1966: The U.S. Navy recovers a hydrogen bomb that the U.S. Air Force had lost in the Mediterranean Sea off Spain following a B-52 crash.

1969: The Supreme Court, in Stanley v. Georgia, unanimously strikes down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.

1978: President Jimmy Carter announces he is deferring development of the neutron bomb, a high-radiation weapon.


1988: Lowellville village residents will see their sewer rates rise by 130 percent because the village must build a $2.1 million secondary wastewater treatment plant to meet the Clean Water Act of 1972.

Five people from Poland Township and 10 from Springfield are among 150 residents from across the state attending an Ohio Senate hearing on a bill aimed at cleaning up the solid waste landfill industry in the state.

Trumbull County Commissioner Arthur Magee blasts Youngstown officials for booting Trumbull out of the port authority proposed to run the Youngstown Municipal Airport, saying the decision was shortsighted and that city officials will live to regret it.

1973: John Martinez of Las Vegas is sentenced to a year in prison by U.S. District Judge Leroy J. Contie after being found guilty of transmitting interstate wagering information between Las Vegas and Canton and Youngstown.

Youngstown Police Chief Donald Baker announces a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons placing explosive devices designed to kill or injure people or damage property in Youngstown.

St. Mathias Slovak Church at Cornell Avenue and Zedaker Street is dedicated with a Pontifical Mass culminating a 25-year relocation and building project.

1963: A station wagon driven by Melvin Byrd, 67, of East Orwell careens into three stores at 407, 409 and 411 East Market St. in Warren, injuring eight people, two seriously.

Fire Chief Fred G. Bowser says fire protection equipment in downtown Youngstown buildings is in excellent shape, following an inspection tour inspired by the $1 million Youngstown Club fire.

Robert McIntyre of Austintown, home for just a month after being discharged from the Marine Corps. saves Vincent Dixon, 48, a Niles contractor, who was thrown into Lake Milton after his motor boat lost its rudder and rammed into a bridge abutment at Route 18.

1938: More WPA workers — about 8,100 of them — are on jobs in Mahoning County than at any time in its history.

Youngstown will receive $65,113 from liquor permit funds for the quarter ended March 31.

Harry E. Weaver, president of the Youngstown Brewing Co. and a leading Valley sportsman, dies at his home, 276 Fairgreen Ave., of a heart attack. He was 69.

Mill payrolls in the Youngstown district increase by 10 percent in March but still pale next to those of March 1937, which had been the highest in years.

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