Today is Monday, April 9, the 99th day of 2018. There are 266 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1865: Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrenders his army to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
1942: During World War II, some 75,000 Philippine and American defenders on Bataan surrender to Japanese troops, who force the prisoners into what would become known as the Bataan Death March; thousands die or are killed en route.
1959: NASA presents its first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton.
1968: Funeral services, private and public, take place for Martin Luther King Jr. at the Ebenezer Baptist Church and Morehouse College in Atlanta, five days after the civil-rights leader was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn.
2003: Jubilant Iraqis celebrate the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime, beheading a toppled statue of their longtime ruler in downtown Baghdad and embracing American troops as liberators.
1993: Sharon Steel Corp.’s creditors oppose a plan to resell the mill so that the Farrell plant can be restarted because, they say, the effort would exhaust the company’s assets and leave the creditors with nothing.
Thirley Starks, 60, the wife of Youngstown Councilman Herman “Pete” Starks and a council aide to her husband, dies of a heart ailment in Northside Medical Center.
Linda J. Karlen, 40, who is serving a 15-year sentence at Marysville prison in Ohio on a kidnapping charge, is transported to Greenville, Pa., to be arraigned on arson charges for a fire that destroyed a warehouse in which Karlen was a partner.
1978: More than 850 young musicians from Mahoning, Trumbull, Ashtabula and Geauga counties participate in the Ohio Music Education Association’s District V competition at Lakeview High School in Cortland.
Winners in Youngstown’s All-City Speech Tournament held at East High School are: Susan Coleman, Jewel Wooten, Tim Timko, Richard Machuga, Keith Clinkscale, Fara Trent, Lisa Nespeca and Phyllis Goodwine.
Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and Harry Arroyo will be going to the National Boxing Tournament in Biloxi, Miss., after winning their Lake Erie Regional AAU fights at the Struthers Field House.
1968: Relative quiet is restored to Youngstown after the shooting of two policemen and one demonstrator triggered six hours of fire bombing and window smashing. Looting was stopped by local police and 400 National Guardsmen.
Articles of incorporation are filed in Columbus by Quality Metal Products Inc. Incorporators are Atty. Jack Liipari, Stephen Petretich and Stephen Evanson. The new company takes over the business of A-Par Manufacturing Co. of Chicago.
1943: State Route 14, the main Cleveland-Pittsburgh highway, will be closed to traffic because of rising water in the Berlin Reservoir. Engineers and road builders have been racing against time and water to complete a new bridge.
Chief Petty Officer William Patrick of Poland has been a Japanese prisoner of war since the fall of Corregidor, his father has been notified by the Red Cross.
Pfc. William Smith, who fought as an amateur in Warren and Youngstown, wins the featherweight title representing Company C., 317th infantry, at the Camp Forrest boxing tournament.