Years Ago

Today is Thursday, April 10, the 100th day of 2014. There are 265 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1790: President George Washington signs the first United States Patent Act.

1864: Maximilian, archduke of Austria, is proclaimed emperor of Mexico.

1864: During the Civil War, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, an assistant surgeon for the 52nd Ohio Volunteers, is captured by the Confederates and accused of being a Union spy; she is held until her release in August 1864 as part of a prisoner exchange. (Walker received the Medal of Honor in 1865, the only woman to date so recognized; although the citation was withdrawn in 1917, Walker continued to wear the medal until her death in 1919. President Jimmy Carter restored the citation in 1977.)

1866: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is incorporated.

1912: The RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England, on its ill- fated maiden voyage.

1925: The novel “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is first published.

1932: German President Paul Von Hindenburg is re-elected in a runoff, with Adolf Hitler coming in second.

1947: Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey purchases the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals.

1963: The fast-attack nuclear submarine USS Thresher (SSN-593) sinks during deep-diving tests east of Cape Cod, Mass., in a disaster that claims 129 lives.


1989: Five of seven prisoners who broke through the roof of the Lawrence County, Pa., jail remain at large following the second jail break in less than a month.

Public safety, neighborhood peace and the jurisdiction of township governments will be among the topics discussed by area lawmakers during two public hearings.

New York Gov. Mario Cuomo blames budget responsibilities for his last-minute cancellation of an appearance at Mount Union College in Alliance that was expected to attract 3,000 people.

1974: Bud J. Fares, 67, Mahoning County Civil Defense director for 10 years, is pronounced dead at South Side Hospital after suffering a heart attack while driving through Mill Creek Park.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hartford of Leavittsburg, foster parents for the Trumbull County Children Services Board since 1969 and foster parents to 23 children, are named “Foster Parents of the Month.”

Russell Train, chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, tells a group of Youngstown area civic officials and steel executives that the EPA is focused on the Mahoning Valley and there is little room under the law to modify water quality regulations that the group claims will force the closing of some older plants.

1964: Emanuel Katzman & Co. Inc. submits the lowest of seven bids at $157,230 for constructing two hangars at the Youngstown Municipal Airport.

Gov. James A. Rhodes will turn the first shovel of dirt on Interstate Route 80 in Hubbard Township on Route 62.

Two large new downtown Youngstown buildings will go under construction, a Legal Arts Center costing $2 million and a $3 million mall and Cinerama theater.

1939: Youngstown Municipal Judge Harry C. Hoffman indicates that licensed liquor dealers who violate closing laws will be dealt with sternly.

Thousands of worshippers jam Youngstown churches on Easter, setting all-time attendance records at many congregations.

Ella Stephens of East Cleveland makes a donation to Hiram College for the construction of an observatory in memory of her father, Thomas Stephens, and her brothers and sisters.

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