Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, April 9, the 99th day of 2013. There are 266 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1865: Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrenders his army to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.

1939: Singer Marian Anderson performs a concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., after being denied the use of Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

1942: During World War II, American and Philippine defenders on Bataan capitulate to Japanese forces; the surrender is followed by the notorious Bataan Death March.

1959: NASA presents its first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton.

1963: British statesman Winston Churchill is proclaimed an honorary U.S. citizen by President John F. Kennedy.

1996: In a dramatic shift of purse-string power, President Bill Clinton signs a line-item veto bill into law. (However, the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the veto in 1998.)


1988: The Sharon Steel Corp. is shutting down its No. 3 blast furnace, but the company’s chief financial officer said he hopes to get it back on line.

Daffin’s Candies in Farrell announces that it will undertake a major expansion that will create 100 jobs and draw tourists to a “Chocolate Kingdom.”

1973: Billy C. Edwards, 28, of Sharon drowns after his car went out of control off Broadway Road in Hickory Township and plunged into a pond.

Continued production at the General Motors Corp.’s Lordstown plant is endangered by a broken sewer line leading from the plant to Warren’s sewage treatment plant.

1963: Wick Park attracts 2,500 youngsters from all parts of the city for the annual Easter egg hunt.

A traditional baccalaureate service will be held June 2 at Austintown Fitch High School auditorium with two Protestant ministers and a Catholic priest participating, says Superintendent John J. Schulller.

R. Burton Kerr is named to succeed Jerold S. Meyer, the retiring general manager of the Strouss-Hirshberg Co. in Youngstown.

1938: “Solly” Hart, 32, a notorious Cleveland gangster, and two other men are arrested in a series of spectacular raids at Steubenville. They are charged with the gang slaying of Roy “Happy” Marino, a Youngstown local racketeer who was “taken for a ride” last fall.

Two 15-year-old youths are being held in the detention home on open charges in connection with the shooting of Peter Pavelko, 16, in a ravine near Steel Street and Salt Springs Road. Pavelko is in “fair” condition at South Side hospital.

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