Today is Thursday, April 19, the 109th day of 2018. There are 256 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1775: The American Revolutionary War begins with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

1897: The first Boston Marathon takes place; winner John J. McDermott runs the course in two hours, 55 minutes and 10 seconds.

1977: The Supreme Court, in Ingraham v. Wright, rules 5-4 that even severe spanking of schoolchildren by faculty members did not violate the Eighth Amendment ban against cruel and unusual punishment.

1993: The 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ends as fire destroys the structure after federal agents began smashing their way in; about 80 people, including two dozen children and sect leader David Koresh, are killed.

1995: A truck bomb destroys the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people.

2017: Fox News Channel’s parent company fires Bill O’Reilly after an investigation into harassment allegations, bringing a stunning end to cable news’ most popular program.


1993: U-Haul is considering leaving its landmark building on Mahoning Avenue, which was built in 1918 as the former Isaly Dairy Co. headquarters. The building has been placed on the market.

The Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown has received 663 applications for the coming academic year, an increase of 89 percent from the 350 who applied in 1988.

Nearly two dozen Youngstown City Schools employees could lose their jobs and the district could save $189,552 under a proposed partnership plan with the Mahoning County Board of Education for psychology, speech and hearing therapy.

1978: Thieves shot Milton Township farmer John Vodhanel 14 times in the dining room of his ransacked North Palmyra Road farmhouse. Vodhanel’s murder is the fifth in four years in Mahoning County in which a burglary turned into murder, police believe.

John M. Bruno, principal of Southeast High School in Portage County, is named superintendent of the Campbell City School District, succeeding Robert Hetrick.

Joseph Menz, former manager of the Town and Country Motel in Warren, testifies in the trial of six men accused of killing Cleveland racketeer Daniel Greene that Raymond Ferritto stayed at the motel Aug. 4, 1977. Ferritto has told the FBI that he met with Warren racketeer Tony Delsanter and Cleveland racket kingpin James Licavoli and discussed plans to assassinate Greene.

1968: More than 900 Youngstown district members of Communications Workers Local 4300, employees of Ohio Bell Telephone, are off the job due to a nationwide strike by telephone workers.

Hanahan Strollo and Associates is named architect for Youngstown’s new Southeast Junior High School. A 9-acre parcel on Windsor and Wayside avenues has been acquired and is being cleared for the building.

Mrs. Paul Pollock, Mrs. Joseph Weaver and Mrs. Dan B. Jones leave for Dayton to attend a three-day convention of the Garden Club of Ohio.

1943: The Penn-Ohio Coach Line is still hauling soldiers back to Sharon, Pa., after a weekend in which transportation facilities proved unequal to the task of handling the 900 soldiers from the Shenango Depot to Youngstown.

Two more Youngstown district industrial firms – Mahoning Valley Steel of Niles and Atlas Powder Co. of the Ravenna ordnance plant – will receive the Army-Navy “E” production award for outstanding war work.

Mayor William B. Spagnola is back at his desk after a month of rest and relaxation at the Nipton, Calif., ranch of his brother-in-law, Sam Parilla.

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