Today is Thursday, April 20, the 110th day of 2017. There are 255 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1792: France declares war on Austria, marking the start of the French Revolutionary Wars.

1861: Col. Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the U.S. Army. (Lee went on to command the Army of Northern Virginia and eventually became general-in-chief of the Confederate forces.)

1889: Adolf Hitler is born in Braunau am Inn, Austria.

1916: The Chicago Cubs play their first game at Wrigley Field (then known as Weeghman Park); the Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-6.

1972: Apollo 16’s lunar module, carrying astronauts John W. Young and Charles M. Duke Jr., lands on the moon.

1999: The Columbine High School massacre takes place in Colorado as two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, shoot and kill 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives.

2010: An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, kills 11 workers and causes a blow-out that began spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico.


1992: A weekend of substantial rainfall boosts the Meander Reservoir’s capacity to 69.4 percent, prompting Youngstown Mayor Patrick Ungaro to consider changes in the city’s water-use restrictions.

Carl Bispeck, Trumbull County risk manager, says the county has saved $1 million over four years by self-insuring health care coverage for county employees.

A ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States upholding Ohio’s redistricting clears the way for a face-off between two veteran Youngstown area legislators for the same Ohio House seat, Joseph J. Vukovich III of Poland and Ronald V. Gerberry of Austintown.

1977: The Trumbull County grand jury has subpoenaed at least two food suppliers to investigate kitchen operations in the Trumbull County Jail under former Sheriff Robert W. Barnett.

Thomas P. O’Neill, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, tells a delegation of 82 Youngstowners that “America faces its greatest crisis” in coping with its energy problems.

The Youngstown Health Department orders all public springs and wells closed after Emanuel McCottry, 71, dies of Listeria monocytogenes after drinking from a spring on Parker Avenue that runs through garbage.

1967: Dr. Marvin Looney resigns as president of Mahoning Community College to become president of Missouri Western College at St. Joseph, Mo.

Teachers in the Struthers school system approve the Struthers Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO) as bargaining agent for one year.

The creation of two new advisory posts for City Council and the administration to help officials keep abreast of federal and state programs available to the city is proposed by 1st Ward Councilman John Franken.

1942: The stirring strains of “Remember Pearl Harbor” and other patriotic songs play as more than 1,500 people give a send off to their boys from Struthers, Poland and Lowellville who left for induction at Cleveland.

One of the largest Works Progress Administration sidewalk construction projects will begin about May 1 with property owners already signing up for 66,351 square feet of cement sidewalk.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Clarke win first place in the open pair championship in the annual bridge tournament in the Hotel Pick-Ohio.

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