Today is Wednesday, May 31, the 151st day of 2006. 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.



Today is Wednesday, May 31, the 151st day of 2006. 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 1819, poet Walt Whitman is born in West Hill, N.Y. In 1910, the Union of South Africa is founded. In 1916, during World War I, British and German fleets fight the naval Battle of Jutland off Denmark; there is no clear-cut victor, although the British suffer heavier losses. 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 1970, tens of thousands of people die in an earthquake in Peru. In 1976, Martha Mitchell, the estranged wife of former Attorney General John N. Mitchell, dies in New York.
May 31, 1981: "The dream has been fulfilled for many, many people," Dr. Robert A. Liebelt, provost of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, tells some 500 people at the graduation of NEOUCOM's charter class.
Airships Industries Ltd., the British firm eyeing Lansdowne Airport as a possible site for an airship manufacturing plant, is expected to make a decision within the next two months.
Warren's Safety-Service Director Stephen Papalas says the city administration has informed the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents the city's service workers, that it intends to consolidate various departments such as streets and parks into one public works department.
May 31, 1966: The death toll on the nation's roads soars to an unprecedented three-day Memorial Day figure of 519 and may surpass the total fatalities for any Memorial Day weekend, regardless of duration.
Briton Graham Hill, 36, wins a disputed victory in the golden anniversary 500-mile race at Indianapolis in his rookie appearance at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Scotland's Jimmy Clark claimed speedway scorers erred and he won the race.
Fire destroys the residence of Atty. Eugene R. Smith in S. Range Road just east of North Lima. The loss is estimated at $25,000.
May 31, 1956: Lewis L. Straus, chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, is the principal speaker at the 34th annual commencement of Youngstown University. Degrees are awarded to 420 graduates.
William Thomas, 56, is killed when a car he was repairing in the garage at his home slipped from the jacks and fell on him.
Col. Harley C. Vaughn, veteran Air Force officer of World War II and the Korean War, takes command of the Youngstown Air Force Base's 79th fighter group.
May 31, 1931: A clash between 300 Communists -- many from out of town -- and Youngstown police results in cancellation of the National Youth Day parade. Seventy Communists were in jail, many with injuries. Twelve city police officers were treated for injuries.
William "Red" Hill, veteran Niagara River man, shoots the Niagara Falls for the third time, but his big red, white and blue oak barrel was trapped for three hours in the whirlpool down river until he was rescued by his 17-year-old son, William Jr.
Dr. J. Knox Montgomery, president of Muskingum College and moderator of the United Presbyterian Church's general assembly, delivers the sermon at South U.P. Church in Youngstown.

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