Years Ago

Today is Sunday, April 21, the 111th day of 2013. There are 254 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1649: The Maryland Toleration Act, which provides for freedom of worship for all Christians, is passed by the Maryland assembly.

1836: An army of Texans led by Sam Houston defeats the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas independence.

1910: Author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, dies in Redding, Conn., at age 74.

1918: Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the German ace known as the “Red Baron,” is killed in action during World War I.

1930: A fire breaks out inside the overcrowded Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus, killing 332 inmates.

1962: The six-month Century 21 Exposition, also known as the Seattle World’s Fair, opens.

1972: Apollo 16 astronauts John W. Young and Charles M. Duke Jr. explore the surface of the moon.

1980: Rosie Ruiz is the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon; however, she is later exposed as a fraud. (Canadian Jacqueline Gareau is named the actual winner of the women’s race.)

1992: Robert Alton Harris becomes the first person executed by the state of California in 25 years as he is put to death in the gas chamber for the 1978 murder of two teen-age boys, John Mayeski and Michael Baker.


1988: Gov. Richard F. Celeste names labor leader Martin “Jack” O’Connell to the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees to fill the unexpired term of the late Earl W. Brauninger.

A New York holding company, Renco, has apparently outbid a group of former LTV-Warren managers in a bid to buy LTV Steel Co.’s Warren Works.

A sheriff’s deputy and a former Beaver Township police chief are among 11 people arrested by the FBI in a probe of gambling in the Mahoning Valley.

1973: The partially decomposed body of 9- year-old Constance Patterson of 137 W. Princeton Ave., who had been missing for a month, is found in an unused garage at the rear of 124 W. Indianola Ave.

U.S. Rep. Charles J. Carney, D-Ohio, says he supports federal aid for city transit systems but wonders if tapping highway money is the best way to accomplish the goal.

Six Youngstown fire companies are called to a fire in the electrical cable system of the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.’s Campbell Works.

1963: Four Youngstown University coeds vie to become the 1963 May Queen: Rosemarie Paini, Nancy Dell’Arco, Marianne Kane and Joanne Betchunis.

Ajax Magnethermic is moving its Simon Road headquarters offices to Warren, says the company’s president, John A. Logan.

Robert Kelley, a sophomore in electrical engineering at the William Rayen School of Engineering at Youngstown University, is honored by Sigma Tau Honorary Engineering Fraternity as the school’s top student with a 3.88 grade point average.

1938: Atty. Ralph Miller announces his candidacy to challenge Mahoning County Republican Chairman William P. Barnum for the Republican nomination for Congress.

Midweek steel operations advance about three points to 31 percent of capacity in the Youngstown district.

The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra concert scheduled for Stambaugh Auditorium with Nino Martini, radio, screen and opera star as the guest soloist, is postponed to May 10. Martini was injured in a train wreck in Hudson, N.Y.

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