Moments in Time, April 20

Compiled by Mary Hedge, LaPorte County Public Library

April 20, 1917 — LaPorte Mayor David H. McGill calls upon every citizen to attend a meeting in the courthouse yard on the night of April 25 for the purpose of launching a campaign to secure recruits for the U.S. Navy.

April 20, 1967 — All but four of the 130 persons aboard a chartered Swiss airliner are killed when the plane was hit by lightning and tried to land in a rain and hail storm on Cyprus. It was one of the worst air disasters in aviation history.

April 20, 1992 — Two New York state lawmakers want trading cards that feature serial killers kept out of children’s hands. The True Crime series is expected to arrive in stores next month.

April 20, 2007 — A declining number of major league baseball players are black. The current 8.4 percent is the lowest number in at least two decades.

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