Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, April 30, the 120th day of 2013. There are 245 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1789: George Washington takes office in New York as the first president of the United States.

1803: The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for 60 million francs, the equivalent of about $15 million.

1900: Engineer John Luther “Casey” Jones of the Illinois Central Railroad dies in a train wreck near Vaughan, Miss., after staying at the controls in a successful effort to save the passengers.

1945: As Russian troops approach his Berlin bunker, Adolf Hitler commits suicide along with his wife of one day, Eva Braun.

1968: New York City police forcibly remove student demonstrators occupying five buildings at Columbia University.

1973: President Richard Nixon announces the resignations of top aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst and White House counsel John Dean, who was actually fired.

1988: Gen. Manuel Noriega, waving a machete, vows at a rally to keep fighting U.S. efforts to oust him as Panama’s military ruler.

1993: Top-ranked women’s tennis player Monica Seles is stabbed in the back during a match in Hamburg, Germany, by a man who described himself as a fan of second-ranked German player Steffi Graf.


1988:An overflow crowd of supporters of the Democratic frontrunner at Austintown Fitch gymnasium hear Michael Dukakis criticize President Ronald Reagan’s announced intention to veto a plant-closings notification bill. Job creation and economic development are his priorities, the Massachusetts governor says.

Youngstown Mayor Patrick Ungaro says he is willing to continue talks with Trumbull County commissioners on creation of a regional port authority to oversee the Youngstown Municipal Airport, but he has made no commitment to a plan.

1973: Boardman police are investigating a Saturday night break-in at the home of Peter Gemmi, 4183 Milltrace Road, in which thieves emptied the living room and dining room of furniture valued at $8,000.

Michael Ficocelli, director of music for the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown and one of the founders of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, will be guest conductor at a performance of the U.S. Navy Band at Stambaugh Auditorium.

1963: Fifteen members of the Youngstown University Reserve Officers Training Corps are honored as outstanding students and corpsmen at the annual inspection at Harrison Field on campus.

A Cleveland truck driver is forced to swim for his life after his truck plunged off Route 224 and into eight feet of water in Berlin Reservoir.

The U.S. Supreme Court calls for the rehearing of a challenge to an Ohio law that makes it a criminal offense to knowingly possess or exhibit obscene motion pictures.

1938: The Mahoning-Shenango Kennel Club opens its third annual bench show at Stambaugh Auditorium with 305 dogs entered.

Smashing locked doors at four places, state and city liquor raiders clean up 19 alleged bootleg joints and arrest 21 people, including eight women.

The Girard Aerie, Fraternal Order of Eagles, will erect a new $25,000 home at S. State and Abbey streets.

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