Today is Thursday, April 5, the 95th day of 2018. There are 270 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1614: Pocahontas, Indian Chief Powhatan’s daughter, marries Englishman John Rolfe, a widower, in the Virginia Colony.
1764: Britain’s Parliament passes The American Revenue Act of 1764, also known as the Sugar Act.
1792: President George Washington casts his first veto, rejecting a congressional measure for apportioning representatives among the states.
1887: Anne Sullivan achieves a breakthrough as her 6-year-old deaf-blind pupil, Helen Keller, learns the meaning of the word “water” as spelled out in the Manual Alphabet.
1933: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an executive order creating the Civilian Conservation Corps.
1964: Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur dies in Washington, D.C., at 84.
1976: Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes dies in Houston at 70.
1991: Former Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, his daughter Marian and 21 other people are killed in a commuter plane crash near Brunswick, Ga.
2008: Actor Charlton Heston, big-screen hero and later leader of the National Rifle Association, dies in Beverly Hills, Calif., at 84.
2017: President Donald Trump declares that a deadly chemical attack in Syria the day before had crossed “many, many lines” and abruptly changes his views of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
1993: Applications to Youngstown State University increase 13 percent, raising hopes that a two-year decline that saw enrollment drop from 15,164 to 13,985 is over.
The Youngstown Street Department has a wrecking crew with new equipment and has torn down 10 houses, but fire Chief Hector Colon and Street Superintendent William Dundee say they hope to tear down 200 this year.
1978: The U.S. Department of Transportation will award a capital improvement grant of $575,768 to Youngstown for improvements at the Youngstown Municipal Airport in 1979.
A 22-month-old boy, Anthony Collins, dies of a gunshot wound suffered when he picked up a 9 mm pistol, which Arthur Poyssick says discharged when Poyssick attempted to take the gun away from the child.
The eight winners in the Home and Garden Show art contest from Youngstown City Schools are: William Scheetz, Edward Murphy, John Snyder, Thomas Brooks, Eric Barnes, Victoria Jones, Cynthia Oliver and Nephtali Figueroa.
1968: The Youngstown area joins the national outpouring of grief over the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and authorities prepare for the possibility of violence.
Funeral services take place in Fort Lauderdale for Temple McAllister, 72, former Trumbull County dairyman and homebuilder. McAllister operated more than 100 dairy stores in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
1943: Married men registered with four Youngstown draft boards face calls for induction in May, and many others will go in June.
Ursuline student Tony Janiro, “a little guy with curly hair and a cherubic face,” climbs from obscurity to the top of the heap as a Golden Gloves boxer.
Three classes offered under government-sponsored war training industry programs at Youngstown College have room for a few more students. Courses are designed to train women and older men in war industry work.
Robert Wiley Gates of Struthers, a WFMJ announcer, will report to Quonset Point, R.I., for Naval indoctrination as an ensign.