Today is Tuesday, May 31, the 151st day of 2005. There are 214 days left in the year. On this date



Today is Tuesday, May 31, the 151st day of 2005. There are 214 days left in the year. On this date in 1889, more than 2,000 people perish when a dam break sends water rushing through Johnstown, Pa.
In 1809, composer Franz Joseph Haydn dies in Vienna, Austria. In 1819, poet Walt Whitman is born in West Hill, N.Y. 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 1962, World War II Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann is hanged in Israel for his role in the Nazi Holocaust. In 1977, the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, three years in the making, is completed. In 1985, 88 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured when 41 tornadoes sweep through parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and Ontario, Canada, during an eight-hour period. In 1994, the United States announces it is no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the former Soviet Union.
May 31, 1980: The Ohio Bureau of Employment Services will increase its basic staff size in both Mahoning and Trumbull counties to handle the increasing load of unemployment pay claims reflecting recent local industrial layoffs.
Ohio Edision crews work to restore power to the Youngstown Air Base, which has been without electricity for more than 12 hours. Eighteen insulators and five utility poles were damaged during a thunderstorm.
Sedimentation in Mill Creek Park's Lake Newport forces the park board to move the sailboat dock 300 feet down the lake and discontinue the use of outboard motors on the lake.
May 31, 1965: Dr. Norman Parr, district superintendent of the Methodist Church, is the speaker at Youngstown University's baccalaureate service in the C.J. Strouss Auditorium in Jones Hall.
Gov. James A. Rhodes nominates Ohio Turnpike Commission Chairman James W. Shocknessy to the board of trustees of Ohio State University.
May 31, 1955: Mayor Frank X. Kryzan acknowledges that Youngstown has & quot;financial problems, & quot; but refuses to discuss an possible response, including the graduated income tax that he promised Youngstown voters in 1953.
The Mahoning County grand jury, at the direction of Common Pleas Judge John R. Ford inspects the old county jail with a view toward recommending that county prisoners be moved back from rented quarters in the Youngstown Jail.
Bill Vukovich, winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 1953 and 1954, dies in a fiery crash while leading the race at a record-making speed of 136 mph. The race is won by Bill Sweikert with an average speed of 128 mph. The winner's purse: $32,000.
May 31, 1930: Niles Motor Patrolman Pharaoh Booth, his wife and three small sons escape uninjured when a bomb explodes under their home at 515 Lincoln Ave.
Assistant Youngstown Police Chief William J. Englehardt is removed as head of the vice squad by Chief of Police Paul E. Lyden and will be succeeded by Cal Huffman.
William & quot;Red & quot; Hill, Niagara River man, is a bit bruised from the buffeting he received during a five hour ride through the rapids of the Niagara River in a barrel.

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