Today is Wednesday, April 25, the 115th day of 2018. There are 250 days left in the year.


On this date in:

404 B.C.: The Peloponnesian War ends as Athens surrenders to Sparta.

1507: A world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contains the first recorded use of the term “America,” in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci.

1792: French highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier becomes the first person to be executed by the guillotine.

1898: The U.S. Congress declares war on Spain; the 10-week conflict results in an American victory.

1959: The St. Lawrence Seaway opens to shipping.

1993: Hundreds of thousands of gay-rights activists and their supporters march in Washington, D.C., demanding equal rights and freedom from discrimination.

2008: Three New York police detectives are acquitted in the 50-shot killing of Sean Bell, an unarmed black man, on his wedding day.

2013: President Barack Obama consoles a rural Texas community rocked by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people.

2017: A federal judge blocks President Donald Trump’s attempt to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials, saying the president had no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending.


1993: Jim Chapman of Vienna is among a group of greyhound owners who rescued former racing hounds and are mounting opposition to an Ohio bill that would legalize betting on dog races in Ohio.

The Youngstown Playhouse is in deep financial trouble, but board members say talk of the 69-year-old theater folding is premature.

Lawrence County Commissioner Vern L. Eppinger wants to ban smoking in all county buildings, but District Justice Ernest M. Crawford Jr., a smoker who works in the old courthouse, says, “If they try to stop me, they’re violating my civil rights. I’ll put my foot down.”

1978: About 30 guests flee a fire at the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge at 4055 Belmont Avenue. No injuries were reported.

Small towns and villages were the homes of more than 10 percent of Ohio’s population in 1930, but in the last 40 years, some 55 small Ohio communities have completely disappeared.

Over 250 people, including a number of former East High athletic greats, honor Dom Colangelo at a testimonial dinner at Marino Memorial Hall. Colangelo, an outstanding athlete at East, is a math teacher at Struthers High.

1968: Fremont Camerino of the McKinley Federal Savings and Loan Association of Niles is elected president of the Youngstown Chapter of the American Savings and Loan Institute.

The Ohio Department of Liquor Control orders supermarkets to stop using lotteries and games as sales gimmicks or be cited for violating state liquor law.

Army Pfc. Larry A. Widener, 20, of 55 Baldwin Ave., Youngstown, is reported killed in action in Vietnam, the 54th Mahoning County resident to have died in the war zone.

1943: By Easter Sunday morning, almost every orchid in the city had been sold. With men away in the services, many florists expected orders for corsages to be scarce, but they got more orders than usual.

Hopeful throngs in search of liquor for Easter lined up for a block at one downtown store. After next week, only one store in each district will stock liquor.

The OPA takes initial steps in establishing price ceilings for restaurants by requiring owners to hand in by May 1 copies of their menus or price listings.

The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra of 66 members will present six concerts in 1943-44. Five will have guest artists.

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