Years Ago

Today is Monday, April 8, the 98th day of 2013. There are 267 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1820: The Venus de Milo statue is discovered by a farmer on the Greek island of Milos.

1913: The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for popular election of United States senators (as opposed to appointment by state legislatures), is ratified.

1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Emergency Relief Appropriations Act, which provides money for programs such as the Works Progress Administration.

1952: President Harry S. Truman seizes the American steel industry to avert a nationwide strike. (The Supreme Court later rules that Truman had overstepped his authority, opening the way for a seven-week strike by steelworkers.)

1963: “Lawrence of Arabia” wins the Oscar for best picture at the Academy Awards; Gregory Peck wins best actor for “To Kill a Mockingbird” while Anne Bancroft receives best actress honors for “The Miracle Worker.”

1974: Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth’s record.

1988: TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart resigns from the Assemblies of God after he was defrocked for rejecting an order from the church’s national leaders to stop preaching for a year amid reports he’d consorted with a prostitute.


1988: An arbitrator rules that Sara Kovall must be restored to her job as a secretary at the Youngstown bus garage because the board of education failed to take progressive disciplinary measures before firing her. “If I were the teacher’s union, I’d be pretty excited about this,” says Thomas Nowell, regional AFSCME director.

About 50 people attend a meeting at Centenary United Methodist Church, most of them opposed to a $1.9 million plan to bring businesses and health-care facilities to three square blocks bounded by Madison, Ford and North Avenues and Scott Street.

1973: A hike in Mill Creek Park ends when a boulder crashes down a ravine near Lanterman’s Falls Bridge, pinning the leg of Mark Tracy, 14, of Boardman between two stones. The rescue squad uses a tow truck and chains to lift one boulder enough to free the boy

General Motors Corp. is quietly placing orders for parts needed to put together the country’s first Wankel rotary engine, which may be used in some 1974 Vegas built at the Lordstown complex.

1963: Vienna Methodist Church breaks ground for a $94,500 addition to the 114-year old church.

State liquor agents arrest two Youngstown storekeepers for Sunday sales of liquor: a bottle of wine at the Broadway Market and a quart of malt liquor at the Glenwood Dairy.

1938: Former Atty. Gen. John W. Bricker, candidate for the Republican nomination for governor of Ohio, tells Ashtabula Republicans that Ohio would not have a relief problem if the state government had been run efficiently, economically and honestly.

Nearly 200 members of the Lake Erie Consistory at Cleveland are arriving in Youngstown to confer the 20th and 32nd Masonic degrees on a class of 101 candidates at the Scottish Rite reunion.

The Steel Workers Organizing Committee, a CIO affiliate, renews a collective bargaining agreement with Mullins Manufacturing Corp. in Salem.

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