Today is Thursday, April 26, the 116th day of 2018. There are 249 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1564: William Shakespeare is baptized at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.

1607: English colonists go ashore at present-day Cape Henry, Va., on an expedition to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

1865: John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, is surrounded by federal troops near Port Royal, Va., and killed.

1937: German and Italian warplanes raid the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War; estimates of the number of people killed vary from the hundreds to the thousands.

1977: The legendary nightclub Studio 54 opens in New York.

1986: An explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine causes radioactive fallout to begin spewing into the atmosphere.

2013: Country singer George Jones, 81, dies in Nashville.

2017: Dismissing concerns about ballooning federal deficits, President Donald Trump proposes dramatic tax cuts for U.S. businesses and individuals. (The cuts were enacted in December 2017.)


1993: ESSROC and Mill Creek Metropolitan Park District have a “gentlemen’s agreement,” says park Superintendent William Schollaert, for a park complex in Poland that would include golf, baseball and soccer facilities.

Nine women working as insurance billing clerks at Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital win $8.98 million in the Ohio Lottery.

Four new police officers are sworn in, bringing the Youngstown Police Department to 209: Anthony Tulipano, 36; Sonia Wilson, 30; Darren Purdue, 21, and Alice Garro, 28.

1978: The Sharon City School Board is considering contracting janitorial services for school buildings, a move that could eliminate more than a score of custodial jobs.

The Warren Board of Education fails to renew 75 full-time teacher contracts and eliminates six administrative positions, but delays action on closing two elementary schools.

Robert N. Williams, 28, who was found guilty of killing Poland barber Frank Listorti and a boy getting a haircut, Bobby Kramer, 11, on July 2, 1971, is recommitted to Lima State Hospital for the criminally insane.

1968: Robert E. Williams, president of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., says the stability of the U.S. basic steel industry is seriously threatened by the soaring volume of foreign steel imports.

Miss Rose Marie Zarich, Villa Marie Road, Lowellville, will represent the Mahoning County Council VFW in the Eighth District VFW Loyalty Day parade in Ravenna.

A quarter-million dollars is needed to meet problems of attendance, discipline and under achievement in Youngstown public schools, Dr. George Schoenhard tells North High School- area residents.

1943: Walter Kishton, 18, of Akron is killed and his brother, Pvt. John Kishton, is injured when their small roadster is struck by a troop train at the Bridge Street crossing of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

An all-day service is being arranged by Hillman Street Christian Church to mark the close of a campaign to liquidate or reduce the church debt.

Mother M. Genevieve Villa Marie, organizer and first superintendent of St. Elizabeth Hospital, dies of infirmities of old age. In 1911, she began to organize a sisters’ hospital, long the dream of Rt. Rev. Msgr. Edward Mears.

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