Today is Monday, April 15, the 105th day of 2019. There are 260 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1452: Artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci is born in or near the Tuscan town of Vinci.

1865: President Abraham Lincoln dies nine hours after being shot the night before by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington; Andrew Johnson becomes the nation’s 17th president.

1912: The British luxury liner RMS Titanic founders in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland more than 21/2 hours after hitting an iceberg; 1,514 people die, while less than half as many survive.

1943: The Ayn Rand novel “The Fountainhead” is first published by Bobbs-Merrill Co.

1945: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died on April 12, is buried at the Roosevelt family home in Hyde Park, N.Y.

1947: Jackie Robinson, baseball’s first black major league player, makes his official debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day at Ebbets Field.

1985: South Africa says it will repeal laws prohibiting sex and marriage between whites and non-whites.

2013: Two bombs made from pressure cookers explode at the Boston Marathon finish line, killing two women and an 8-year-old boy and injuring more than 260.


1994: Recent rains bring the Meander Reservoir to its capacity of 10 billion gallons.

The Edward J. DeBartolo Corp.’s real-estate investment trust stock makes its debut on the New York Stock Exchange at $14.75 per share, which should raise $560 million.

On a visit to Salem, Gov. George V. Voinovich says he will be back in the area before June to break ground for a federal prison in Elkrun Township.

1979: Under a $289,000 government contract, Tetra Tech Inc. is drilling test wells in Trumbull and Ashtabula counties to tap oil and gas in the Devonian shale and Clinton Sands formation.

In Girard, Phil and Carol DeSantis hold a grand opening for their bakery on East Liberty Street the same week that Lyle and Dorothy Dillon close the Prospect Street bakery that had been operated for 75 years by the Dillon family.

The 12-year-old son of Harmon Crawford, who found an intruder in the family’s barn in Lackawanna Township, Pa., was tied up by the man and the barn set on fire. The boy managed to hop out of the barn to safety. Damage was estimated at $3,000.

1969: U.S. Sen. William B. Saxbe, R-Ohio, urges the U.S. Department of Justice to consider blocking the planned merger of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. and Lykes Corp.

Vandals go on a rampage with rocks and BB guns damaging 13 cars in various parts of Youngstown.

Secret Service agents in Cleveland arrest Paul Lamonge Jr., 57, of Niles and charge him with possession of $50,000 in counterfeit $100 bills.

1944: Robert Chapman, 47, of Youngstown rides nearly half a mile down the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks in his car that was being dragged by a freight train. He escaped injury.

Pvts. Mary A. Grim and Virginia A. Grim, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Grim of North Jackson, are taking their basic training at the WAC training center at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.

Bishop J. Waskom Pickett, head of the Methodist Church in Bombay, India, will speak at six services over three days at Trinity Methodist Church.

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