Years Ago

Today is Saturday, April 20, the 110th day of 2013. There are 255 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1861: Col. Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army. (Lee goes on to command the Army of Northern Virginia, and eventually becomes general-in-chief of the Confederate forces.)

1863: President Abraham Lincoln signs a proclamation admitting West Virginia to the Union, effective in 60 days (June 20, 1863).

1889: Adolf Hitler is born in Braunau am Inn, Austria.

1912: Boston’s Fenway Park hosts its first professional baseball game while Navin Field (Tiger Stadium) opens in Detroit. (The Red Sox defeat the New York Highlanders 7-6 in 11 innings; the Tigers beat the Cleveland Naps 6-5 in 11 innings.)

1972: The manned lunar module from Apollo 16 lands on the moon.

1978: A Korean Air Lines Boeing 707 crash-lands in northwestern Russia after being fired on by a Soviet interceptor after entering Soviet airspace. Two passengers are killed.

1999: The Columbine High School massacre takes place in Colorado as two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, shoot and kill 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives.

2010: An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, kills 11 workers and begins spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months.


1988: Saying that minorities are not adequately represented on the Youngstown Board of Education, black City Council members are campaigning to have at least some members compete in smaller districts rather than citywide races.

More than 2,400 high school students from grades seven through 12 are attending the three-day English Festival at Youngstown State University, the 10th year for the event.

Bank One of Youngstown plans to create up to 100 jobs at the Phar-Mor Centre in downtown Youngstown as the company expands its Columbus-based credit card processing department in Youngstown.

1973: The Special Taxation Committee of the Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce is endorsing the Youngstown School District’s $17 million bond issue.

Burdman Brothers buys a 1.25-acre parcel in the River Bend urban renewal project area, leaving only two unsold parcels in the project.

Gloria Steinem, nationally known feminist and editor of Ms. Magazine, will speak at a luncheon at the Packard Music Hall in Warren as part of Household Technicians Week.

1963: Two Bessemer, Pa., women are killed and four people are injured in a two car crash at Calla Road and state Route 170. Dead are Anna Porter, 73, and Edith Swanston, 62.

A 23-year-old Wilson Avenue man is arrested on charges of resisting arrest after he attempted to run down Patrolman Daniel Grybos in Central Square after he began arguing about a parking ticket he was issued.

J.L. “Pete” Mauthe, retiring board chairman, says Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. will improve the rod and wire plant at Struthers.

Columbiana County will build a 50-bed hospital at the county home if the federal government approves an application for $200,000 in federal funds from the accelerated works program.

1938: Leonard Rosen, 12-year-old deaf boy of 576 Palmer St., dies in South Side hospital of burns suffered after kerosene from an overturned torch used to mark a construction site set his clothes afire.

Harry S. Manchester, executive chairman of the celebration welcoming the Northwest Territory Caravan to Youngstown, invites everyone to attend the pageant at South High School marking the sesquicentennial of the Northwest Territory.

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