Years Ago

Today is Monday, April 28, the 118th day of 2014. There are 247 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1758: The fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, is born in Westmoreland County, Va.

1788: Maryland becomes the seventh state to ratify the Constitution of the United States.

1789: There is a mutiny on the HMS Bounty as rebelling crew members of the British ship led by Fletcher Christian set the captain, William Bligh, and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific. (Bligh and most of the men with him managed to reach Timor in 47 days.)

1817: The United States and Britain sign the Rush-Bagot Treaty, which limits the number of naval vessels allowed in the Great Lakes.

1918: Gavrilo Princip, the assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and the archduke’s wife, Sophie, dies in prison of tuberculosis.

1937: Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein is born in the village of al-Oja near the desert town of Tikrit (he was executed in December 2006).

1945: Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, are executed by Italian partisans as they attempt to flee the country.

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower resigns as Supreme Allied commander in Europe; he is succeeded by Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway.

1967: Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refuses to be inducted into the Army, the same day U.S. Army Gen. William C. Westmoreland tells Congress the U.S. “would prevail in Vietnam.”


1989: World heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson purchases the Southington Township home of former Trumbull County Commissioner Ted Vannelli for $300,000.

State Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry of Austintown says he is willing to compromise on his plan to place a moratorium on permits for infectious waste incinerators if it does not cut at the heart of his proposal.

The Western Reserve Care System and the union representing general duty nurses reach a tentative agreement after 32 hours of negotiation to avert a strike.

1974: The General Motors Assembly Division Van Plant at Lordstown operates its second shift after the first shift of 1,300 employees is sent home following a fire in foam seat cushions in a storage room.

Sharon High School wins the Skillorama event at Youngstown State University. First place winners in various categories included Carol McElhaney, Sharon; Janice Hichik, Sharon; Janice Roh, Austintown Fitch; Carolyn Sauer, John F. Kennedy; Debbie Koch, Hickory; Nancy Dzapo, Hickory; Janet Arcari, Cardinal Mooney; Kathy Naples, Austintown Fitch.

John Barbara, 26, of Warren is elected to a two-year term as president of Local 1714 United Autoworkers of America representing 2,800 employees of the Fisher Body Fabricating Division plant at Lordstown.

1964: Robert Dornbrock, a student at Chaney High School, qualifies for state finals of the Junior Chamber of Commerce’s Teenage Safe Driving Road-E-O by outpointing 44 other young motorists at Wick Park. Kay Kluckhohn of South High wins first place in the girls division.

Assistant Boardman Township Police Chief Robert Fink is elevated to chief by Boardman trustees, succeeding Robert Rhinehart.

A sharp business upturn enables Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. to boost first-quarter sales and earnings to $10.3 million on sales of $163 million.

1939: Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. banks its Hubbard blast furnace, and Republic Steel Corp. puts two of its local furnaces on low blast to conserve coal and coke during a strike affecting soft coal output.

Youngstown has the largest jump in retail business in March over a year earlier than any Ohio city in the 100,000-plus population class with 35 Youngstown stores reporting $1.3 million in sales, a 27.8 percent jump.

Trumbull County Sheriff Roy S. Hardman warns gamblers being driven out of Youngstown by Mayor Lionel Evans’ crackdown against trying to establish headquarters in his county.

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