Years Ago

Today is Friday, April 4, the 94th day of 2014. There are 271 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1818: Congress decides the flag of the United States will consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union.

1841: President William Henry Harrison succumbs to pneumonia one month after his inaugural, becoming the first U.S. chief executive to die in office.

1850: The city of Los Angeles is incorporated.

1864: In a letter to Kentucky newspaper editor Albert G. Hodges, President Abraham Lincoln writes, “I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.”

1912: China proclaims a republic in Tibet, a move fiercely opposed by Tibetans.

1933: The Navy airship USS Akron crashes in severe weather off the New Jersey coast with the loss of 73 lives.

1949: Twelve nations, including the United States, sign the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington, D.C.

1960: Elvis Presley records “Are You Lone- some Tonight?” in Nashville for RCA Victor.

1968: Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, is shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. (James Earl Ray later pleaded guilty to assassinating King, then spent the rest of his life claiming he’d been the victim of a setup.)

1974: Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves ties Babe Ruth’s home-run record by hitting his 714th round-tripper in Cincinnati.

1975: More than 130 people, most of them children, are killed when a U.S. Air Force transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crash-lands shortly after takeoff from Saigon.


1989: State Republican Chairman Robert T. Bennett pledges financial and other support for Robert L. Pegues’ bid for mayor of Youngstown, but he emphasizes that local effort is what counts.

The Ohio Controlling Board releases $1 million as the state’s share of a reconstruction project at Stambaugh Stadium at Youngstown State University where structural defects from construction in 1981 resulted in water damage.

Boardman Schools Superintendent Richard Shelby says a measles epidemic has shown that school officials have become lax in checking immunization records at the beginning of each school year.

1974: A month-long investigation is climaxed with the arrest of two women and five men when Youngstown police raid an apartment on West Evergreen Avenue and seize $8,000 in heroin.

A one-day walkout by members of the Niles police force ends after city Solicitor Mitchell F. Shaker threatens to invoke the Ferguson Act, which prohibits strikes by public employees. A tentative agreement calls for a 30-cent-per-hour raise.

Vindicator Political Editor Clingan Jackson is named interim chairman of the new City-County Bicentennial Commission.

1964: Four teenage youths are injured shortly after midnight when a stolen car they were riding in slid out of control and struck two trees in N. Meridian Road near Lanterman Road after leaving an Austintown tavern.

Youngstown City Council President Joseph E. O’Neill and racketeer Joey Naples return from Washington, D.C., after O’Neill, a lawyer, helped Naples retain Washington legal counsel for Naples’ appeal of two felony convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Mahoning Red Cross reports local contributions to Alaskan earthquake relief total $4,498.

1939: New automobile sales in March in Mahoning County are nearly double that of March 1938 with 703 new passenger cars and 67 trucks sold.

Heller Bros. Co. is awarded a $54,815 contract for construction of a new gymnasium at Chaney High School.

The Salem Board of Education approves a new five-year contract for school Superintendent Earl S. Kerr at $4,700 a year.

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