Today is Monday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2018. There are 273 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1800: Ludwig van Beethoven premieres his Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21, in Vienna.

1865: Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet flee the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va., because of advancing Union forces.

1917: President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, “The world must be made safe for democracy.” (Congress declared war four days later.)

1956: The soap operas “As the World Turns” and “The Edge of Night” premiere on CBS-TV.

1968: “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the groundbreaking science-fiction film epic produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, has its world premiere in Washington, D.C.

1982: Several thousand troops from Argentina seize the disputed Falkland Islands.

2005: Pope John Paul II dies in his Vatican apartment at age 84.

2013: North Korea says it will restart its long-shuttered plutonium reactor and increase production of nuclear weapons material.


1993: Dan Peters, the new Youngstown State University head basketball coach, has his work cut out for him – of 15 roster players who started the season, only five are in good academic standing or good physical condition.

Ohiocorp, parent of Youngstown’s Dollar Savings & Trust Co., is being acquired by Cleveland-based National City Corp. in a deal valued at $200 million.

Mayor Patrick J. Ungaro says he’s happy to see two companies leaving downtown Youngstown, Alpha Therapeutic and Youngstown Donor Center. Both are blood-donor businesses, which Ungaro believes are hampering revitalization efforts.

1978: Warren Police Chief Jack R. Gardner, who has been on sick leave, will retire July 1, and until then Capt. Edward Boker will be acting chief.

The Vindicator’s Chris Amatos and Thomas Petzinger Jr. report that the Ohio Power Co., a subsidiary of American Electric Power Co., has bought coal from its own mines for as much as three times the market rate.

Bonnie Beachy sinks 10 points in the final period to lead the Struthers High Wildcats to a girls basketball Class AAA state championship over Middletown, 53-51.

1968: Girard truck driver Robert Barnard, whose brakes failed, steered his truck into a parked vehicle to avoid children in a Mahoning Avenue crosswalk.

Ground is broken in Salem for the $1 million Timberlanes Motor Inn. Odess Paparodis, president, says B&B Construction Co. is expected to have the building up by August.

Judge Ray Rice, Trumbull County Eastern Area Court, has a unique approach to correct littering. He sentences John Walsh of Hubbard to patrol Sharon-Stewart Road and report violators.

1943: Acting Youngstown Mayor Arthur Gundry warns county commissioners that the city may withhold payment to the county of $27,000 in poor relief money from water department funds unless the county furnishes detailed statements showing how much has actually been spent for city relief cases.

The third annual Ohio State Catholic Men’s Invitational Bowling Tournament, an ABC-sanctioned event held previously in Akron, will open here at the Grand Alleys.

The Scherzo in D Minor by Chopin will be played by Irene Musichuk on “Young Artists of Tomorrow” over WKBN. Kathleen Kreiler will play “LeCoucou” and Delbert Mook will sing “Duna.”

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