Today is Saturday, April 7, the 97th day of 2018. There are 268 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1788: An expedition led by Gen. Rufus Putnam establishes a settlement at present-day Marietta, Ohio.
1798: The Mississippi Territory is created by an act of Congress, with Natchez as the capital.
1862: Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeat the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.
1927: The image and voice of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover are transmitted live from Washington to New York in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television.
1954: President Dwight D. Eisenhower has a news conference in which he speaks of the importance of containing the spread of communism in Indochina, saying, “You have a row of dominoes set up, you knock over the first one, and what will happen to the last one is the certainty that it will go over very quickly. So you could have a beginning of a disintegration that would have the most profound influences.” (This became known as the “domino theory,” although Eisenhower did not use that term.)
1978: President Jimmy Carter announces he is deferring development of the neutron bomb, a high-radiation weapon.
1993: Charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery against a 41-year-old Youngstown man in the September death of Alvin L. White, 42, former Church of the Nazarene pastor, are dismissed after prosecution witnesses fail to appear for trial.
U.S. Rep. James A Traficant Jr. says failure to reach an agreement among cities in Columbiana County to provide water to a proposed federal prison in Elkrun Township could endanger the project.
Three young McDonald men known as the “Merry Pranksters” are free after serving four months at the Warren Workhouse for vandalism and will begin performing 200 hours each of community service cleaning up and painting public property and some of the places they defaced with spray paint during their rampage.
1978: A six-member advisory committee recommends to the Warren Board of Education that Lincoln and Washington elementary schools be closed.
A New York City investor, Thomas G. Wyman, acquires more than 200,000 shares of GF Business Equipment Inc., making him the largest holder of stock in the Youngstown furniture manufacturer, surpassing Edward DeBartolo.
Four employees of the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. are hospitalized after one of them was overcome and the others came to his aid while cleaning out a pit under the 74-inch shearing line at the Campbell Works. Joseph Aeppic, 48; Charles Rose, 40; Harold Hutchinson, 48; and Alfred Grimm, 47, are in satisfactory condition.
1968: Jeanne Dixon, who foretold the assassination of John F. Kennedy with uncanny accuracy, will write a daily astrology column for The Vindicator.
1943: Thousands of gasoline and food rationing stamps litter downtown Youngs-town after they were blown from the chimney of an incinerator at the City Trust and Savings Bank. Hundreds of people were frantically scooping up the stamps, although most were invalid.
Three business buildings in Salem are destroyed by a $300,000 fire that threatened nearby important war industry plants. The fire stared in Silver Manufacturing Co.