Years Ago

Today is Monday, April 15, the 105th day of 2013. There are 260 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1865: President Abraham Lincoln dies, nine hours after being shot the night before by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater.

1874: An exhibition of paintings by 30 artists, including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Cezanne, opens in Paris. (A critic derisively refers to the painters as “Impressionists,” a name which sticks.)

1912: The British luxury liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland at 2:20 a.m. ship’s time, more than 21/2 hours after striking an iceberg; 1,514 people die, while less than half as many survive.

1945: During World War II, British and Canadian troops liberate the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.

1947: Jackie Robinson, baseball’s first black major league player, makes his official debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day. (The Dodgers defeat the Boston Braves, 5-3.)

1959: Cuban leader Fidel Castro arrives in Washington to begin a goodwill tour of the United States.

1960: A three-day conference to form the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) begins at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. (The group’s first chairman is Marion Barry.)


1988: The campaign for the 911 emergency telephone system proposed for Mahoning County has been put on hold by the 911 technical advisory committee until a determination is made of what the cost will be.

The Mahoning Valley Sanitary District is considering ways that the area could be supplied with water directly from the Berlin Reservoir in the event that Meander Reservoir became contaminated.

1973: One of the Youngstown district’s most bothersome and nagging pollution control problems – “black rain” – appears nearer a solution by controlling coke plant pollution.

Baseball Town USA Oldtimers Association names Mrs. Trudy Price the winner of the second annual “Lovely Lady Award.” She was a star athlete during the 1930s at Struthers High School and is secretary for Camp Fitch.

1963: A Youngstown man last seen four days earlier is found nearly chilled to death in a railroad refrigerator car on a siding near Cincinnati. George Pack, 44, is in General Hospital.

Mayor Harry Savasten says he is considering a graduated pay plan that would give Youngstown police and firemen automatic raises based on length of service. Youngstown patrolmen earn $5,394 a year, among the lowest of police departments between Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

The 910th Troop Carrier Group, U.S. Air Reserve at the Youngstown Municipal Airport, will host 500 reserve airmen at camp, says Col. Randall W. Hendricks, commander.

1938: A battle of eggs, cabbage and water is fought between 600 fraternity men at Ohio State University for the second consecutive night. Mike Kabealo of Youngstown, co-captain of the football team, was the leader of the Alpha Gamma Rho contingent.

Norman Smith, 19-year-old farm hand sought since Jan. 4 for the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Baumeister and Theodore Baumeister at their North Lima farm, is arrested at a farm near Edinburg by Mahoning County Sheriff Ralph Elster.

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