Years Ago

Today is Monday, April 29, the 119th day of 2013. There are 246 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1861:In Montgomery, Ala., President Jefferson Davis asks the Confederate Congress for the authority to wage war.

1863: Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst is born in San Francisco.

1913: Swedish-born engineer Gideon Sundback of Hoboken, N.J., receives a U.S. patent for a “separable fastener” — later known as the zipper.

1945: During World War II, American soldiers liberate the Dachau concentration camp.

1946: Twenty-eight former Japanese officials go on trial in Tokyo as war criminals; seven end up being sentenced to death.

1992: Rioting resulting in 55 deaths erupts in Los Angeles after a jury in Simi Valley, Calif., acquits four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King.


1988: Dr. Bennett Harrison, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, tells a crowd of 100 at Youngstown State University that American companies, not foreign competition, are causing the decline of American industry by closing domestic plants and sending as many as a million jobs a year overseas.

A 36-year-old Hanoverton man is sentenced to six months in Columbiana County Jail by Judge Ashley Pike for shooting a chained hound dog with a bow and arrow and then fleeing police.

1973: More than 400 people attend a memorial service at a Stark County pet cemetery for “Dumpy,” the dog who died a month after being gassed and wounded by a Mahoning County dog warden.

Ronald Franks, 39, an off-duty Campbell fireman who left his home to help fight an arson fire on Tenth Street, collapses and dies after fighting the fire for nearly two hours.

1963: Boardman Police Capt. Charles Price, 24, is treated for glass slivers in his eyes after burglars fleeing in Western Reserve Road fire at his cruiser, with one shot striking a headlight and another shattering the windshield just to the right of his head.

1938: More than 500 physicians from three states attend the Mahoning County Medical Society’s 11th annual Postgraduate Day at the Hotel Ohio. Dr. Frank Lahey said there is no cancer that offers better prospects for cure than that of the large intestine when it is discovered in the early stages.

Councilman Anthony Kryzan says city council will seek formation of a citizens’ committee if city officials do not act within two weeks to crack down on gambling and vice in Youngstown.

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