Today is Saturday, May 31, the 151st day of 2003. There are 214 days left in the year. On this date



Today is Saturday, May 31, the 151st day of 2003. There are 214 days left in the year. On this date in 1962, World War II Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann is hanged in Israel for his role in the Nazi Holocaust.
In 1819, poet Walt Whitman is born in West Hill, N.Y. In 1889, more than 2,000 people perish when a dam break sends water rushing through Johnstown, Pa. In 1910, the Union of South Africa is founded. In 1913, the 17th amendment to the Constitution, providing for the popular election of U.S. senators, is declared in effect. In 1961, South Africa becomes an independent republic. In 1970, tens of thousands of people die in an earthquake in Peru. In 1977, the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, three years in the making, is completed. In 1989, House Speaker Jim Wright, dogged by questions about his ethics, announces he will resign. Thomas Foley later succeeds him. In 1991, leaders of Angola's two warring factions signs a peace treaty, ending a 16-year-old civil war. In 1994, the United States announces it is no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the former Soviet Union.
May 31, 1978: Ohio Sen. Donald E. "Buz" Lukens, R-Middletown, demands that Thomas E. Ferguson, state auditor, begin an investigation of his own office. Lukens alleges that some of Ferguson's renomination petitions were illegally circulated by his own employees.
St. James Episcopal Church of Cleveland votes to withdraw from the Episcopal church over the issue of women priests. The congregation says the Episcopal Church, Ohio Bishop John H. Burt and the Ohio Diocese broke with tradition by ordaining women to the priesthood.
The Memorial Day weekend traffic death toll of 528 -- the highest toll for the holiday period since the 55 mph speed limit when into effect in 1974.
May 31, 1963: Large crowds line Federal St. from Andrews Ave. to Fifth Ave. three and four deep to view the annual Memorial Day parade of the United Veterans Council of Youngstown. Unofficial estimates place the crowd at 17,000.
The top scholar in the 1963 graduating class at Kent State University is Miss Lois Wilson, a Boardman High School graduate who will apply her learning next year at a mission school in Africa. Out of almost 200 quarter hours, Miss Wilson had As on all but nine hours of Bs.
An open house is announced at the federal government's new underground facilities at Wampum, Pa., designed as a safeguard against nuclear attack. The General Service Administration has leased 250,000 square feet of the 4-million square foot Wampum Mine Storage Co. for the storage of important records.
Eleven patients at the Castle Manor Nursing Home, 1515 Fifth Ave., five of them bedridden, are evacuated without incident from the home during a three-alarm fire that heavily damages the structure.
May 31, 1953: At the command "scramble," crewmen leap into action at the Youngstown Municipal Airport, and within a minute or so, they can get a jet engine started and put an F-84 Thunderjet in the sky, ready to hunt down any enemy aircraft approaching the Youngstown, Pittsburgh or Cleveland industrial areas.
More than 15,000 persons dodge summer showers along Federal St. to view Youngstown's 45-minute Memorial Day parade.
Broadway Actor Conrad Bain will co-star with Joan DeWeese in the Warren Civic Theater production of George Bernard Shaw's classic comedy, "Pygmalion" to be presented at Turner Junior High School.
May 31, 1928: President Coolidge chooses an inviting lodge in Northern Wisconsin to serve as the summer White House. Situated on the Brule River and valued at $1 million, the lodge was offered to the president for his use by its owners, heirs of financier Henry Clay Pierce.
Mrs. Judy Crouser of Mercer, Pa., a 56-year-old widow with four children who earns $5 a week doing odd jobs, is put in Mercer County jail for failure to pay $5 in school taxes.
Youngstown pays homage to its departed soldiers of three wars during services at G.A.R. hall, the courthouse and four local cemeteries in one of the largest Memorial Day pageants in the city in years.
Warren P. Williamson, president of the South Side Business Men's Association, requests that the people of Youngstown and especially residents of the South Side, be on hand for the laying of the cornerstone of the new South Side Library at Market St. and Delason Ave.

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