Today is Wednesday, April 18, the 108th day of 2018. There are 257 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1775: Paul Revere begins his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Mass., warning colonists that British Regular troops were approaching.

1865: Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston surrenders to Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman near Durham Station in North Carolina.

1906: A devastating earthquake hits San Francisco, followed by raging fires; estimates of the final death toll range between 3,000 and 6,000.

1923: The first game is played at the original Yankee Stadium in New York; the Yankees defeat the Boston Red Sox 4-1.

1938: Superman makes his debut as the first issue of “Action Comics” (bearing a cover date of June) goes on sale for 10 cents a copy. (In 2014, a nearly flawless original copy was sold on eBay for $3.2 million.)

1956: American actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco in a civil ceremony.

1988: An Israeli court convicts John Demjanjuk, a retired autoworker from Cleveland, of committing war crimes at the Treblinka death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. (Israel’s Supreme Court later overturned Demjanjuk’s conviction.)

2013: The FBI released surveillance camera images of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.


1993: Youngstown-area school districts have adopted policies concerning HIV-positive students to protect the school community and the rights of any infected students to an education.

Farrell is one of six school districts in Pennsylvania to receive a state grant to establish a Health Shoppe clinic to provide care to elementary and preschool students.

Two area women, JoAnn McLaughlin of Columbiana and Marci Ellwood of Niles, are featured as success stories in weight-loss guru Richard Simmons’ new book, “Never Give Up.” Simmons is booked as a Youngstown Junior League speaker.

1978: Two Trumbull County judges, Reed Battin and David Griffith, say they have neither the time nor inclination to sign a 17-page affirmative-action hiring plan given to them by H. Dean Beagle, Trumbull County’s equal-employment opportunity officer.

Rita Diana, 13-year-old swimmer from Howland and the Warren YMCA, sets a national record in the 400-yard Individual Medley at Youngstown State University’s Beeghly Center.

W. Laird Eckman, director of the Youngstown Chamber of Commerce Regional Growth Division, says about 20 California companies have been identified as possibly interested in locating in Ohio.

1968: Dr. John Coffelt, vice chancellor for research and planning for the Oklahoma State Regents, is named vice president for administrative affairs at Youngstown State University.

John Richards, a Campbell restaurant-tavern owner for 30 years, is named safety-service director by Mayor Rocco Mico, succeeding John Ontoko.

Two men dressed as women and armed with pistols seize a bank bag with more than $1,000 from the Loblaw Supermarket in the Mahoning Plaza. Steve Terlecki, assistant manager, and stockboy Alex Hrinko were carrying the bag to the nearby Mahoning National Bank night deposit when they were accosted by the robbers.

1943: The soldiers, sailors and Marines who visit the Youngstown USO Center at the YMCA are playing marble boards, but it doesn’t cost them a nickel. The machines were confiscated in recent raids on “joints.”

Robert Loew helps his Rayen School shooters to win the school championship in the junior rifle matches at the Rayen Avenue armory. He shot a score of 320 out of 400.

Work at Youngstown’s venereal clinic increased considerably in 1942, with 1,432 patients treated, with more than half of them suffering from syphilis.

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