Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, April 29, the 119th day of 2014. There are 246 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1429: Joan of Arc enters the besieged city of Orl ans to lead a French victory over the English.

1798: Joseph Haydn’s oratorio “The Creation” is rehearsed in Vienna, Austria, before an invited audience.

1861: The Maryland House of Delegates votes 53-13 against seceding from the Union. In Montgomery, Ala., President Jefferson Davis asks the Confederate Congress for the authority to wage war.

1913: Swedish-born engineer Gideon Sundback of Hoboken, N.J., receives a U.S. patent for a “separable fastener” — later known as the zipper.

1945: During World War II, American soldiers liberate the Dachau concentration camp. Adolf Hitler marries Eva Braun and designates Adm. Karl Doenitz president.


1989: Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Charles J. Bannon signs a foreclosure judgment setting up a sheriff’s sale of the former Idora Amusement Park unless the owner, Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church, makes payment against its $250,000 mortgage and $30,000 in back taxes.

Warren City School District teachers accept a two-year wage freeze, removing a hurdle to a new contract and a retirement incentive program that could save the district $1.3 million a year.

Mahoning County’s 23 newest citizens, who come from 16 different nations, take the oath of citizenship from Common Pleas Judge Peter C. Economus.

1974: Mahoning County’s third traffic fatality in a week is recorded when Richard T. Evans, 40, of Boardman loses control of his car in I-680 a mile west of Youngstown and is hurled from his car as it rolled.

Youngstown patrolmen Michael Landers and John Tomaino foil a break from the Mahoning County Jail when they spot a ladder in the alley between the jail and courthouse and stop to investigate.

All 19 teachers in the Farmington Local School District in northern Trumbull County stay off the job in a strike over stalled negotiations for a new contract.

1964: A 35-year-old California man is captured in Warren nearly four hours after escaping from police who had come to the Youngstown Municipal Airport to pick him up on a fraud charge. When he saw Mahoning County Deputy Orlando DiLullo approaching, he jumped into his car and drove across the airport’s main runway.

U.S. Steel Corp. cuts prices 12 to 14 percent on steel wire and steel rods in an effort to stave off increasing imports, which hit record levels in 1963.

More than in inch of rain in 24 hours brings April rainfall at Youngstown Municipal Airport to 5.43 inches, well above the normal 3.7 inches.

1939: Motorcycles and speed cruisers are thrown into the attack against bug operators as Youngstown Police Chief Carl Olson issues a list of license numbers of 40 known bug “pick-up” cars and orders police to stop them.

Alfred Davies, superintendent of Mill Creek Park, discusses a large improvement program for the park after President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved a $117,543 WPA allocation

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