Today is Monday, April 16, the 106th day of 2018. There are 259 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1818: The U.S. Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot Treaty severely limiting the number of American and British military vessels on the Great Lakes.

1862: During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signs a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. The Confederacy conscripts all white men between the ages of 18 to 35.

1963: Martin Luther King Jr. writs his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in which the civil-rights activist responds to a group of local clergymen who had criticized him for leading street protests; King defends his tactics, writing, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

2007: In one of America’s worst school attacks, a Korean-born college senior kills 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech before taking his own life.

2017: Robert Godwin Sr., a 74-year-old retiree, is shot to death on a Cleveland street. His random killing is posted on Facebook by the gunman who killed himself during a police chase in Erie, Pa.


1993: Phar-Mor Inc. announces it will close 58 more stores that will mean the layoff of 4,100 employees, including 400 at the Tamco warehouse and the downtown Youngstown headquarters.

Department of Correction authorities report that Robert Vallandingham, 40, a guard at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility at Lucasville, was killed by inmates who took over the prison.

Among the nation’s 335 statistical areas, the Youngstown-Warren metropolitan area ranks 232nd with a median family income of $31,316. The national median was $35,225.

1978: U.S. Steel Corp.’s general superintendent, William H. Kirwan, tells The Vindicator’s George Reiss that the company’s Youngstown district plants are “back in the money” again due to staff cuts, rising prices for specialty steels and good management.

The 1,800-acre Yankee Lake Reservoir, once seen as the site of a major reservoir by Ohio Water Service, is no longer needed by the company and is for sale. Pierce Bailey, OWS president, says the company invested $500,000 in the ill-fated project.

Atty. Don L. Hanni says he will challenge county auditor Stephen R. Olenich for chairmanship of the Mahoning County Democratic Party. ‘

1968: Concentrated efforts by three county officials – Joseph Gorman, Stephen Olenick and Prosecutor Clyde Osborne – have reduced Mahoning County tax delinquency by $596,757 to a four-year low of $4.3 million.

John F. Morris, president of A.G. Sharp Lumber Co., is named “Boss of the Year” by the Mill Creek Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.

Peter Denovchek Jr., who owns more than 16 acres in Howland and Bazetta townships in the path of the Warren Bypass has been awarded $190,000 by Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

1943:Youngstown aviatrix Margaret Kirchner resigns from the faculty of Roosevelt School to join the U.S. Army Ferry Command’s women’s division. She will report to flight training at Avenger Field, Texas.

A heavy snow coats streets with 4 inches of slipperiness, throwing bus schedules into the worst condition in months.

Federal Public Housing Agency awards Warren $767,000 in contracts for 320 temporary housing units.

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