Today is Sunday, June 5, the 156th day of 2005. There are 209 days left in the year. On this date in 2004, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, dies in Los Angeles at age 93 after a long twilight struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
In 1783, Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier publicly demonstrate their hot-air balloon in a 10-minute flight over Annonay, France. In 1794, Congress passes the Neutrality Act, which prohibits Americans from enlisting in the service of a foreign power. In 1917, about 10 million American men begin registering for the draft in World War One. In 1933, the United States goes off the gold standard. In 1940, the Battle of France begins during World War II. In 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall gives a speech at Harvard University in which he outlines an aid program for Europe that comes to be known as The Marshall Plan. In 1967, war erupts in the Mideast as Israel raids Egyptian military targets. Syria, Jordan and Iraq enter the conflict. In 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated after claiming victory in California's Democratic presidential primary. Gunman Sirhan Bishara Sirhan is immediately arrested. In 1975, Egypt reopens the Suez Canal to international shipping, eight years after it was closed because of the 1967 war with Israel. In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that five homosexuals in Los Angeles have come down with a rare kind of pneumonia; they are the first recognized cases of what later becomes known as AIDS.
June 5, 1980: Seven downtown Youngstown buildings are added to the National Register of Historic Places because of their architectural significance. They are the Mahoning National Bank Building, Central Tower, the Union National Bank Building, the Wick Building, the Federal Building, the Stambaugh Building and the Realty Building.
Suspecting a deliberate slowdown by sanitation workers, Youngstown City Council asks for a detailed report on how much garbage is being collected and how much time is being lost because of truck breakdowns.
Mrs. Arlene Speer, widow of former Youngstown steelman and U.S. Steel Corp. Chairman Edgar Speer, breaks a bottle of champagne on the bow of the 1,000-foot ore carrier named for her husband during christening ceremonies in Lorain.
June 5, 1965: A 17-year-old New Jersey high school girl is being held at the Mahoning County sheriff's office after being arrested on a bad check charge. She had run away a month ago and was staying in Lake Milton with a former New Jersey girl and planned to work her way across country.
Sue Ann Downey of Columbus, a 20-year-old Ohio State University student, is crowned Miss USA in Miami Beach. The stunning blond beauty said she dreamed as a child of being a nun, but that winning the pageant was "the most marvelous thing that has ever happened to me."
Two high school boys throw water balloons against the ceiling of a Lawson Dairy Store on Kenmore Avenue in Youngstown. The prank splattered two customers, a clerk, and a large display of baked goods. A passer-by got a license number as the boys drove away, but it turned out to be wrong.
Three youths with long hair and shabby clothes "who looked like beatniks" took a bag containing more than $3,500 from Sinkwich's Grille on Meridian Road. Mrs. Catherine Miller, part owner of the grill, said she withdrew the money from the bank to cash pay checks.
June 5, 1955: Youngstown water consumers taking advantage of the 30 percent discount for paying their bills promptly saved $145,000 in 1954. Total revenue for the year was $1.49 million.
Commencement exercises begin in Youngstown for 1,300 pupils. Dr. Charles C. Noble, dean of Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University, will speak at four graduating classes, South, Chaney, Wilson and East. The Rev. Patrick Pacini, pastor of Fairmount Presbyterian Church, Cleveland, will speak to Rayen School graduates and Dr. Carl Bracy, president of Mt. Union College, will speak to North graduates.
Miss Olive Riddell, executive director of the Youngstown YWCA, resigns after six years in the position. She will be succeeded by Dorothy Sabiston, the executive at the YWCA in Summit, N.J.
June 5, 1930: An investigation is launched by authorities at Athens, Ohio, into the circumstances behind the injury of a Youngstown student, Rocco DeGuy, who was found lying at the foot of Clark's Chapel Cliff, wedged in a pile of rocks. The freshman at Ohio University said he was done a dirty trick by his companions, who abandoned him at the foot of the cliff, leaving him to be found 11 hours later. He is in St. Elizabeth Hospital.
Sun Oil Co. of Toledo announces plans for construction of an eight-inch and six-inch pipeline running from Marcus Hook, Pa., to Cleveland, through Youngstown.
Paul F. Yount of Alliance is the honor man at the U.S. Military Academy among the 251 graduates in the 1930 class.
About 900 persons march quietly to safety from the Paramount Theater while flames were sweeping part of the Gallagher block, just behind the theater. The fire caused about $25,000 in damage.
The Warner brothers announce purchase of the Schine chain of theaters in Ohio, which has theaters in Alliance, Akron, Portsmouth, Sidney and Springfield.