Years Ago

Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1509: England’s King Henry VII dies; he is succeeded by his 17-year-old son, Henry VIII.

1649: The Maryland Toleration Act, providing for freedom of worship for all Christians, is passed by the Maryland assembly.

1789: John Adams is sworn in as the first vice president of the United States.

1836: An army of Texans led by Sam Houston defeats the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas independence.

1910: Author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, dies in Redding, Conn., at age 74.

1914: U.S. military forces occupy the Mexican port of Veracruz at the order of President Woodrow Wilson; the occupation lasted until the following November.

1918: Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the German ace known as the “Red Baron,” is killed in action during World War I.

1930: A fire breaks out inside the overcrowded Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus, killing 332 inmates.


1989: A donation of $500,000 from the William G. Lyden Jr. family brings Youngstown State University halfway to its $1 million fund-raising campaign for student housing.

Youngstown Mayor Patrick J. Ungaro isn’t taking any chances in his bid for the Democratic nomination for another term; he’s outspending his rivals, Michael Crogan and former Mayor Frank R. Franko, 2-to-1.

1974: Youngstown State University trustees approve a record operating budget of $23.3 million for 1974-75, an increase of $1.4 million over a year earlier.

Dr. Wernher von Braun, celebrated for his contributions to the fields of rocketry and space flight, will be the keynote speaker for the Colloquy 1974 program at Allegheny College in Meadville.

Youngstown area lending executives say there is plenty of mortgage money available at between 73/4 and 83/4 percent, with down payments as low as 5 percent.

1964: Howard W. Jones, president of Youngstown University, tells the Mahoning County Community College trustees that the area needs a community college, noting that more than 1,100 of YU’s 4,4000 students were given financial aid in 1963.

McKay Machine Co. is planning to sell more stock to raise capital to handle its soaring volume of business, President A.J. McKay tells shareholders at their 43rd annual meeting.

Gasoline being pumped from a large tanker truck into an underground storage tank overflows and vapors explode into flames at Garner’s American Service Station, 2072 E. Midlothian Blvd., causing $5,000 in damage.

1939: Jack Siverling, 14, of 241 S. Garland Ave., is chosen the winner in a contest to find a local look-alike for the boy in a national Community Chest poster. Jack will receive a two-week camping trip at Camp Fitch.

Youngstown district rail-road traffic has been sharply curtailed because of a coal strike, costing scores of local railroaders to be laid off.

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