April 18, 1942: The Doolittle Raiders, flying from the carrier Hornet, bomb Tokyo. According to DoolittleRaider.com, the five surviving crew members are scheduled to attend the 70th reunion, which is being held through April 20 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
Tom Treanor complains that all branches of the Los Angeles Public Library are closing at 6 p.m. because of fears of a blackout. “Miss Althea Warren, public librarian, says that the library board has already been asked to reconsider the 6 o’clock closing order,” Treanor says.
Gov. Olson raises concerns about companies that hire women when there are so many unemployed men. Bonus fact: It is illegal in California for women to work between midnight and 6 a.m.
Streetcar motorman T.D. Wilson gets into a dispute with a group of African Americans boarding a car at Jefferson Street and Grand Avenue. Some of them tried to board for free and a fight broke out when Wilson asked them to pay. The money changer was torn from Wilson’s belt, spilling coins on the floor of the car, and “a small riot ensued,” The Times said.