Years Ago

Today is Saturday, April 5, the 95th day of 2014. There are 270 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1614: Pocahontas, Indian Chief Powhatan’s daughter, marries Englishman John Rolfe in the Virginia Colony. (A convert to Christianity, Pocahontas had adopted the name “Rebecca” when she was baptized.)

1621: The Mayflower sails from Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts on a monthlong return trip to England.

1764: Britain’s Parliament passes The American Revenue Act of 1764, also known as The Sugar Act.

1864: Ben Field and George M. Pullman receive a U.S. patent for an “improvement in (rail) sleeping-cars” that consists of a folding upper berth.

1895: Oscar Wilde loses his criminal libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry, who has accused the writer of homosexual practices.

1933: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an executive order creating the Civilian Conservation Corps and an anti-hoarding order that effectively prohibits private ownership of gold.

1951: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are sentenced to death following their conviction in New York on charges of conspiring to commit espionage for the Soviet Union.

1954: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Federal Communications Commission v. American Broadcasting Co., Inc., unanimously rules that TV quiz shows do not violate lottery laws.

1964: Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur dies in Washington at age 84.

1974: Stephen King’s first published novel, “Carrie,” is released by Doubleday.

1986: Two American servicemen and a Turkish woman are killed in the bombing of a West Berlin discotheque, an incident which prompts a U.S. air raid on Libya more than a week later.


1989: The Ohio Senate should go along with a proposal to boost taxes on tobacco products, including snuff, because of the threat it poses to young people, American Cancer Society officials say.

Youngstown City Council will delay considering a ban on the sale and possession of so-called assault weapons until the Ohio General Assembly acts on two measures that would outlaw the firearms.

Jack Meerman, chairman of the Villa Maria board of trustees, holds little hope that the parents group trying to keep the school open will succeed.

1974: FBI agents arrest a 25-year-old Liberty Township man who allegedly demanded $50,000 from his wife for his safe return in a phony kidnapping plot.

TV actor Joe Flynn, a Youngstown native, says he thought two men who mugged him at a Florence, S.C., motel were going to kill him.

A former Youngstown woman, Mrs. Dorothy Houck, wife of a retired Vindicator stereotypist, Frank Houck, is in serious condition in Cullman (Alabama) Hospital after being pulled from her home that was demolished by a tornado.

1964: Gov. James A. Rhodes says Ohio will not take part in Appalachian relief programs because “there are already enough federal agencies in existence to support the activities in which there is a proper federal interest.”

Dennis L. Milliron, 17, a senior at Boardman High School, receives a $5,000 scholarship from East Ohio Gas Co., which he will use to attend the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Richard J. Doyle, John W. McDonough and Fred Williams are named village directors for the boys camp at Camp Fitch, the Youngstown YMCA camp on Lake Erie, for the coming season.

1939: Vice President John Garner and William B. Bankhead, speaker of the House, assure a delegation of the National Rivers and Harbors Congress of their full support for projects endorsed at a recent convention, including a Lake Erie-Ohio River canal.

Attempts to organize locals of the German-American Bund among the German population of Youngstown have met with little success, it is revealed in a report of the FBI of Bund activities throughout the nation.

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