Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2014. There are 273 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1513: Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and his expedition land in present-day Florida. (Some historians say the landing actually occurred the next day, on April 3.)

1792: Congress passes the Coinage Act, which authorizes establishment of the U.S. Mint.

1863: During the Civil War, the Richmond Bread Riot erupts in the Confederate capital as a mob outraged over food shortages attacks and loots stores.

1914: British actor Sir Alec Guinness, whose roles in a 66-year career ranged from Hamlet to Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Star Wars,” is born in London.

1917: President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, “The world must be made safe for democracy.” (Congress declared war four days later.)

1932: Aviator Charles A. Lindbergh and John F. Condon go to a cemetery in The Bronx, N.Y., where Condon turns over $50,000 to a man in exchange for Lindbergh’s kidnapped son. (The child, who was not returned, was found dead the following month.)

1942: Glenn Miller and his orchestra record “American Patrol” at the RCA Victor studios in Hollywood.

1956: The soap operas “As the World Turns” and “The Edge of Night” premiere on CBS-TV.


1989: Trumbull County Democratic Party Chairman Dr. William “Doc” Timmins says he wouldn’t want to hit the campaign trail without the endorsement of organized labor, but former Mahoning County Republican Party Chairman Dr. William C. Binning sees it as nothing more than an expression of support.

About 80 of 100 wild Mustangs put up for adoption by the federal Bureau of Land Management are adopted on the first day of availability at the Mercer Livestock Auction barn.

Boardman’s Kristen Turek is the lone unanimous selection for the 1988-89 All-Steel Valley Conference girls basketball team. Other first team picks are Christine Moschella and Lisa Austin, also of Boardman, Colleen Cappelli and Megan Lavin, both of Cardinal Mooney, and Kathy Casey and Amy Nilsson, both of Fitch.

1974: Burglars are believed to be responsible for touching off a fire that spread quickly through the Lowellville Rod and Gun Club, on Quarry Road, Poland Township, causing extensive damage.

The Youngstown Building Inspection Department issues a permit for the remodeling of the former Century Market at Oak and Fruit streets into a roller skating rink and dance hall.

The Youngstown Law Department is reviewing options that might be taken to collect a $55,168 water bill owed by the Isaly Dairy Co. for vacated property on Mahoning Avenue at Glenwood Avenue.

1964: Two Boardman policemen testify in common pleas court that racketeer Charles Carabbia, on trial for pistol-whipping a 21-year-old Boardman divorcee, threatened to “blow the roof off” Mahoning County if he had to take a rap because he paid a politician $25,000.

Youngstown notifies 11 city employees that their employment will be terminated June 30 under a state law requiring retirement at age 70.

Ohio Bell Telephone Co. fires a 17-year employee in Cleveland after he is found to have tapped a woman’s phone in connection with a divorce action. The company says “any interference with the secrecy of communications” is cause for immediate dismissal.

1939: During an hour-long presentation on WICA Radio in Ashtabula, U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan urges support of a Lake Erie-0hio River canal as a potential boon to all Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.

Petrakos Grill celebrates its 25th anniversary with the grand opening of its remodeled grill at 131 W. Federal Street, serving lunch, sodas and sundaes. Chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies range in cost from 5 cents to $5.

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