Today is Sunday, April 15, the 105th day of 2018. There are 260 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1715: The Yamasee War begins as members of the Yamasee tribe attack English settlers in colonial South Carolina; the colonists are eventually able to defeat the Yamasee and their allies.
1865: President Abraham Lincoln dies nine hours after being shot the night before by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington; Andrew Johnson becomes the nation’s 17th president.
1912: The British luxury liner RMS Titanic founders in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland more than 21/2 hours after hitting an iceberg; 1,514 people die, while less than half as many survive.
1945: During World War II, British and Canadian troops liberate the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.
1974: Members of the Symbionese Liberation Army hold up a branch of the Hibernia Bank in San Francisco; a member of the group is SLA kidnap victim Patricia Hearst, who by this time was going by the name “Tania” (Hearst later said she’d been forced to participate).
1986: The United States launches an air raid against Libya in response to the bombing of a discotheque in Berlin on April 5; Libya says 37 people, mostly civilians, are killed.
1998: Pol Pot, the notorious leader of the Khmer Rouge, dies at age 72.
2008: Pope Benedict XVI steps onto U.S. soil for the first time as pontiff.
2013: Two bombs made from pressure cookers explode at the Boston Marathon finish line, killing two women and an 8-year-old boy and injuring more than 260. Suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev dies in a shootout with police; his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is tried, convicted and sentenced to death.
North Koreans celebrate the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung, by dancing in plazas and snacking on peanuts.
The Denver Post wins a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., while The New York Times captured awards for reporting on a harrowing avalanche, the rise of a new aristocracy in China and the business practices of Apple and Wal-Mart.
2017: Thousands of chanting, sign-carrying protesters take to the streets in cities across the nation, demanding that President Donald Trump release his tax returns. North Korea paraded its intercontinental ballistic missiles in a massive military display in central Pyongyang as it celebrated the 1912 birthday of the country’s founder, Kim Il Sung, with his grandson, Kim Jong Un, looking on with delight.
1993: Mayor Patrick Ungaro defends police Chief Randall Wellington against accusations by some candidates for city council that Wellington has been ineffective in battling crime in the city.
The Youngstown Playhouse board is requesting the resignation of Charles Reed, its artistic director. He would be the third director to be ousted in recent years.
Mahoning County Prosecutor James Philomena is asking for a special prosecutor to seek indictments in the case of the county coroner, Dr. Nathan Belinky, who has been charged with illegal drug transactions.
1978: A Friday dedication launches a weekend of open houses at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine at Rootstown.
Mrs. Michael Gialousis says a carload of five teenagers, three girls and two boys, stole the family’s pet duck, “Honker” from their Coitsville Road front yard while her children watched in shock.
An early morning fire at 144 Decatur St. in Youngstown kills Ida Mae Rivers, 57, and Willie Miller, 53.
1968: A thief used a company truck to smash through an overhead door at State Chevrolet on Wick Avenue and then stole a 1967 car. He was caught by Officer David Miller.
More than 2,000 youngsters turn out for Salem’s Easter egg hunt at Centennial Park. The children, from 2 to 9 years old, hunted for 5,000 hidden eggs.
1943: Many iron and steel engineers from the war-rushed Youngstown district steel plants will attend the spring meeting of the Association of Iron & Steel Engineers. Frank Flynn is president.
Edmund Stevens, noted war correspondent who has reported on the North African campaign, speaks to an overflow crowd at the Warren Chamber of Commerce’s 38th annual dinner.
Meeting with Mrs. John Phillip Lee at her home on North Heights Avenue, Junior League board members outline plans for volunteer work in community service.
People’s Stores Springtime Savings Sale has a box of 50 cigars for $2.50; deluxe garment bags for 49 cents; garden hose, 50 feet, $3.98; glass pitchers for 19 cents; Handy screwdrivers for 6 cents each.