Today is Thursday, April 25, the 115th day of 2013. There are 250 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1507: A world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contains the first recorded use of the term “America,” in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci.
1859: Ground is broken for the Suez Canal.
1901: New York Gov. Benjamin Barker Odell Jr. signs an automobile registration bill which imposes a 15 mph speed limit on highways.
1944: The United Negro College Fund is founded.
1959: The St. Lawrence Seaway opens to shipping.
1972: Polaroid Corp. introduces its SX-70 folding camera, which ejects self-developing photographs.
1983: Ten-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, receives a reply from Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov to a letter she’d written expressing concern about possible nuclear war. Andropov says the Soviet Union does not want war, and he invites her to visit his country, a trip Samantha makes the following July.
1993: Hundreds of thousands of gay rights activists and their supporters march in Washington, D.C., demanding equal rights and freedom from discrimination.
1988: Larry Crawford, principal of Lordstown High School, has instituted a popular program of theme weeks at the school, which has included visits from diplomats from the Soviet Union, China, Iraq, Haiti, Liberia and Saudi Arabia. Two teachers and seven students visited Saudi Arabia at the invitation of the Saudi government.
Samuel A. Roth, president of Roth Bros. Inc., receives the City of Hope Spirit of Life Award during a dinner at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman. Entertainer Fred Willard was the speaker.
1973: More than 25,000 members of the United Steelworkers of America in the four-county District 26 will receive cost of living raises of 7 cents an hour.
The Mahoning County coroner’s office and Youngstown police are attempting to learn where the severed and preserved leg of a woman came from after several young children were seen dragging their macabre find over Liberty Township streets.
More than 100 people, many of them teachers, crowd into the Campbell Board of Education offices to protest the board’s decision not to renew the contracts of six teachers.
1963: A 10-year-old boy, Robert Carlson of Oak Hill Avenue, burned in an accident near a service station March 31, dies in St. Elizabeth Hospital.
General Motors has a record first quarter with profits of $414 million on sales of $4.1 billion.
1938: Pastors of a number of Youngstown churches urge their congregations to throw full support behind the 20th annual Community Corp. campaign.
Ten girls will play simultaneously on 10 pianos for the Monday Musical Club at Stambaugh Auditorium. They are Lois Westlund, Alberta Lomax, Sophia Lockshin, Elva Myerovich, Lucille Sheridan, Shiela Swanson, Lillian Haistone, Stella Gifford, Grace Huston, Mary C. Schaetzel and Gertrude P. Greenburger.