Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, April 17, the 107th day of 2013. There are 258 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1521: Martin Luther goes before the Diet of Worms to face charges stemming from his religious writings. (He is later declared an outlaw by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.)

1961: Some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launch the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in an attempt to topple Fidel Castro, whose forces crush the incursion by the third day.

1970: Apollo 13 astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert splash down safely in the Pacific, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their moon-bound spacecraft.

1973: Federal Express (later FedEx) begins operations as 14 planes carrying 186 packages take off from Memphis International Airport, bound for 25 U.S. cities.


1988: Nicole Rantilla, a sixth grader at St. Rose School in Girard, wins The Vindicator Spelling Bee at the South High Field House.

Taking advantage of Lake Milton being drained, Barry Bevan uses a metal detector to search for the engagement ring his wife lost 19 years earlier and finds it buried in the muck on his first try. He surprises his wife, Homerlene, when she pulls into the driveway of their Milton Township home.

1973:Hubbard Mayor Joseph Baldine says the city is working to pave the way for a $12.5 million project north of the city which he describes as “one of the world’s biggest truck stops.”

Youngstown and Warren are developing a lively competition for selection as the site of a proposed multi-million-dollar regional postal facility

1963: Youngstown registered its first traffic fatality in more than a month when a motorcycle driven by Leslie Harmon, 37, of Arlington Street, rams a tractor trailer rig in W. Federal Street. Harmon is killed while a passenger, Rosalee Moore, 14, is injured.

Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. becomes the 11th steel producer in the country to raise its prices.

1938: Fred A. Wagner, chairman of the Mahoning County board of commissioners, meets with Congressman Michael J. Kirwan to discus the possibility of securing WPA funding for construction of a psychopathic hospital in Mahoning County.

Norman Smith, 19-year-old farm hand and confessed killer of three people in North Lima, pleads not guilty to charges in the first of those cases to be brought against him, the killing of Henry Baumeister. Charges have not yet be filed in the killing of Baumeister’s wife and father.

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