April 3, 1865: Concord's church bells ring and a cannon fires in response to news of the overwhelming defeat of Gen. Robert E. Lee's army at Petersburg, Va.
April 3, 1905: Douglas Everett is born. Everett will become a member of the 1932 U.S. Olympic hockey team, win a silver medal and be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. The Everett Arena in Concord will be named in his honor.
April 3, 1909: In perhaps the first full-page automobile ad in the Monitor, Concord dealer Fred Johnson describes in detail the new Buick "Model 17 Touring Car." It has five seats, two in front, three in back, a steering wheel rather than a tiller, four cylinders and 30 horsepower. A cloth folding top for rainy days is optional. The price: $1,750. It is the first decade of the popularization of the automobile. In 1900, there were 50 cars registered in New Hampshire. By 1910, there will be 3,500.
April 3, 1945: Word reaches Concord that Staff Sgt. F. Hamilton Kibbee was killed on Jan. 31 while a prisoner of war in Germany. His wife Mary, who lives on South Street, last heard from him Jan. 7. The Kibbees have two children, ages 4 and 21 months.
April 3, 1994: Pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals on Opening Day, Concord's Bob Tewksbury defeats the Cincinnati Reds. The highlight is Tewksbury's two-run double over the head of Reds center fielder Roberto Kelly.
April 4, 1983: Concord City Clerk Marjorie Foote retires after 19 years on the job. "I knew just about everything that was going on with people in this city," she recalls.
April 5, 1945: After Agriculture Commissioner Andrew Felker reports the mass shipment of chickens to more profitable out-of-state markets, Gov. Charles Dale authorizes the state police to seize poultry being trucked south on New Hampshire highways.
April 6, 1853: City government is established in Concord.
April 7, 1965: The Monitor reports on plans for a new $1.2 million state liquor store on Storrs Street in Concord. "The state store is expected to become the first of its sort in the nation. Ohio has featured self-service liquor stores for a dozen years, but they have not also featured specialty liquors and wines, as planned in the model Concord store."
April 7, 1968: About 350 people attend a memorial service on the State House plaza for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who was assassinated three days earlier in Memphis. In a statement drafted in conjunction with other local clergy, Rev. Paul Beattie, a Unitarian minister, suggests that nearly all-white Concord should actively seek to diversify.
"Concord is an ideal town for developing a full inter-racial community," he says. "We do not have a ghetto. We do not have a street where all or most Negroes live." He suggests that Concord invite to town "some of the black people who have lost all hope while living in the segregated squalor of urban centers."
April 7, 2000: Robert Blair, who murdered his wife and her young son in a Concord motel in 1996, has told the police he also killed two people in Rutland, Vt., in 1983, the Rutland Herald reports. Detectives there, however, will find no evidence of the killings in the location Blair described.
April 8, 1939: From the "More Things Change Department": A Monitor headline announces "Two-Monikered Streets Cause Befuddlement." The reporter, describing plans to rename dozens of city streets, notes calmly: "There's no hurry about this proposition, of course. Most of the streets have gone by their names for many years and couple more won't hurt."
April 9, 1991: After two consecutive days when the temperature reached 85 degrees, Concord settles for a high of 77. It's apparently a big year for hot streaks: The city enjoyed another historic heat wave at the beginning of February. (next page »)