Today is Friday, April 21, the 111th day of 2017. There are 254 days left in the year.


On this date in:

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

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.

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

1942: The first edition of “The Stranger” (“L’Etranger”), Albert Camus’ highly influential absurdist novel, is published in Nazi-occupied Paris by Gallimard.

1967: Army officers in Greece stage a coup, seizing power and creating a military dictatorship that would rule the country for the next seven years.

1977: The musical play “Annie,” based on the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip, opens on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,377 performances.

2012: Charles W. “Chuck” Colson, 80, described as the “evil genius” of the Nixon administration who served seven months in prison for a Watergate-related conviction, dies in northern Virginia.

2016: Prince, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times, is found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis. He was 57.


1992: Bruce R. Beeghly, an area businessman whose family has long been associated with Youngstown State University, is appointed by Gov. George Voinovich to the YSU Board of Trustees.

Mahoning County is in the top 10 Ohio counties where children live in poverty, according to a study by the Children’s Defense Fund.

1977: The Market Street bridge is one of four spans in the city that will be replaced with state funds. A new Market Street bridge will cost $7 million.

Citing prejudicial statements by the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office and Common Pleas Judge Sidney J. Rigelphaupt, lawyers for Pompei “Junior” Wade asks the 11th District Court of Appeals to order a new trial. Wade was sentenced to death in the electric chair for the murder of Dominic Chiarella.

Atty. Joseph L. Heffernan, 90, former Youngstown mayor and municipal court judge, dies in Hyattsville, Md., where he had been living with a daughter.

1967: The Youngstown Board of Education will pay for policies providing 180 days hospitalization and surgical coverage and major medical expenses for its employees if the 7.5-mill tax levy is passed.

County Engineer Samuel Gould Jr. calls for meetings with county commissioners and local legislators to discuss and implement a $21 million program for water pollution abatement and water supply for the county.

A musical tea and pop concert will be presented by Leetonia Junior High at the Orchard Hill School.

1942: Benny Goodman, “The King of Swing,” and his orchestra are appearing at the Palace Theater in downtown Youngstown with Peggy Lee, Art London, the Goodman Sextet and the Ambassadorettes.

Drastic penalties are imposed by Youngstown City Council against persons who impersonate air-raid wardens.

Poland Village council authorizes the purchase of a Westinghouse air-raid siren that will be installed at Pyramid Motors on Boardman-Poland Road.

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