Today is Friday, April 20, the 110th day of 2018. There are 255 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1792: France declares war on Austria, marking the start of the French Revolutionary Wars.

1889: Adolf Hitler is born in Braunau am Inn, Austria.

1898: The United States moves closer to war with Spain as President William McKinley signs a congressional resolution recognizing Cuban independence and authorizing U.S. military intervention to achieve that goal.

1948: United Auto Workers president Walter P. Reuther is shot and seriously wounded at his home in Detroit.

1972: Apollo 16’s lunar module, carrying astronauts John W. Young and Charles M. Duke Jr., lands on the moon.

1999: The Columbine High School massacre takes place in Colorado as two students shoot and kill 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives.

2010: An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, kills 11 workers and causes a blow-out that begins spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico.

2008: Pope Benedict XVI celebrates his final Mass in the United States before a full house in Yankee Stadium.


1993: After seven years of trying, State Rep. Robert F. Hagan says he thinks his latest attempt to pass a comprehensive health care bill in the Ohio Legislature has a good chance of passage.

Two Boardman High School students who will major in chemical engineering are the first Mahoning County recipients of University Scholar scholarships at Youngstown State University: Kimberly J. Jordan and Jill Geiger. The four-year scholarships are valued at $30,000.

The Trumbull County Board of Education is getting out of the transportation business and is selling the 37 buses it uses to serve 19 local school districts. Special Busing Inc. of Youngstown is the likely candidate to take over.

1978: The Ohio Public Interest Campaign endorses the efforts of United Rubber Workers Local 102 to influence Libbey-Owens-Ford to retain the Republic Rubber plant of Aeroquip Corp., which employs 350 in Youngstown.

Republic Steel Corp. lights its second Youngstown blast furnace, reflecting a substantial pick-up in steel orders. Most of the 1,500 tons of iron a day will go to Republic’s Warren steel plant in hot-metal cars.

Negotiations open toward the sale of the idle lines at the Campbell Works of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. to the Ecumenical Coalition. The company’s asking price is likely to be $40 million, while the coalition is expected to offer $10 million.

1968: A thug struck Sam Giber, 61, with a pop bottle so hard that it knocked out several fillings from his teeth. The suspect then fled with $800 from the Giber Leather Co. at 265 E. Federal St.

A free defensive driving course will be given in South Side School, Columbiana, by the Business and Professional Women’s Clubs of Salem, East Palestine and Columbiana.

1943: The Ohio House of Representatives fails by eight votes to pass an anti-gambling bill designed to kill the numbers racket by providing a maximum fine of $1,000 and seven years in prison to those convicted more than once.

Girls and boys 17 and under will be questioned if found loitering in streets after 10 p.m. This is an effort to check juvenile delinquency resulting from teenage girls pursuing visiting soldiers.

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