Today is Wednesday, April 11, the 101st day of 2018. There are 264 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1689: William III and Mary II are crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.

1965: President Abraham Lincoln speaks to a crowd outside the White House, saying, “We meet this evening, not in sorrow, but in gladness of heart.” (It was the last public address Lincoln would deliver.)

1921: Iowa becomes the first state to impose a cigarette tax, at 2 cents a pack.

1947: Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers plays in an exhibition against the New York Yankees at Ebbets Field, four days before his regular-season debut that broke baseball’s color line.

1968: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which includes the Fair Housing Act, a week after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

1970: Apollo 13, with astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert, blasts off on its ill-fated mission to the moon.

2008: Group of Seven financial officials meeting in Washington pledge to strengthen regulation of banks while anxiously hoping the credit crisis in the U.S. will be short.

2013: Comedian Jonathan Winters, 87, dies in Montecito, Calif.

2017: Guitarist J. Geils, founder of The J. Geils Band, dies in his Massachusetts home at 71.


1993: The Youngstown office of the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services, which processed about 14,000 claims during the height of the recession in 1982, is seeing an increase in claims and is handling about 3,000 claims a week.

Area school districts are debating what to do about requests by parents and students to have prayer during their graduation ceremonies in light of a June ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that prohibited formal religious ceremonies during public-school commencements.

Jeff Ondash, 36, of Canfield says people “have a tendency to take kids for granted, and he is promoting a National Children’s Day on the fourth Sunday of every July.

1978: A report by economists for the National Center on Economic Alternatives says the Campbell Works of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. can be profitably held by citizens of the Mahoning Valley – assuming that $473 million and the support of President Carter can be acquired.

Brookfield Superintendent S. Paul Wright tells the board of education that he will file suit challenging the board’s refusal to honor his five-year contract.

The financially troubled Lykes Corp., parent of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., raises the specter of bankruptcy unless it is allowed to merge with LTV Corp., parent of Jones & Laughlin Steel, causing the loss of additional jobs and retirement benefits.

1968: About 15 young adults, representing dissident South Side youths, will meet with Mayor Anthony Flask, councilmen, National Guard representatives and black leaders to try to end civil disorder here.

Ronald Wertz, senior mechanical engineering student from Youngstown State University, wins second place in American Society of Mechanical Engineers Region V Student Conference in Akron.

The Leetonia Board of Education rejects a proposal by Superintendent Ralph Ely to start elementary school 25 minutes earlier and the high school 45 minutes earlier, saying the earlier times would be hazardous to kids.

1943: Fire sweeps a 4-acre tract of evergreen trees along the eastern side of Meander Lake Reservoir after a week in which district men daily fought grass fires. About 4,000 trees were destroyed.

Dorothy Weichman, a member of the James Hillman Junior High faculty, leaves for Smith College, where she has enrolled in officers training for the WAVES.

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