Today is Monday, May 11, the 131st day of 2009. There are 234 days left in the year. On this date in 1946, the first CARE packages arrives in Europe, at Le Havre, France.
In 1502, Christopher Columbus leaves Cadiz, Spain, on his fourth and final trip to the Western Hemisphere. In 1647, Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam to become governor of New Netherland. In 1910, Glacier National Park in Montana is established. Siam changes its name back to Thailand. In 1973, charges against Daniel Ellsberg for his role in the “Pentagon Papers” case are dismissed by Judge William M. Byrne, who cites government misconduct. In 1981, legendary reggae artist Bob Marley dies in a Miami hospital at age 36. In 1985, 56 people die when a flash fire sweeps a jam-packed soccer stadium in Bradford, England. In 1996, an Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 catches fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashes into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people on board.
May 11, 1984: Mahoning County Sheriff James A. Traficant Jr. tells 600 Austintown residents at Austintown Middle School that his force “will put a little heat” on members of the Wedgewood Rats gang and their parents.
Congressional candidate James A. Traficant Jr. says he will challenge Don L. Hanni Jr. for the chairmanship of the Mahoning County Democratic Party.
Dr. Earnest Perry refuses a request by Gov. Richard Celeste that he resign from the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees to take a position on the board of the Ohio Medical Board. Celeste reportedly wants to name Michael Monus of Liberty Township to the YSU board.
May 11, 1969: One of the Youngstown district’s largest and oldest industrial firms, Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., apparently has only 18 more days of independent existence before it becomes part of a New Orleans-headquartered conglomerate.
U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan of Youngstown is reported in Bethesda Naval Hospital after suffering a fall at his residence in the University Club in Washington, D.C.
Simeon Booker, a former Youngstown resident who is a Washington newsman, speaking to 300 people at Tabernacle Baptist church, says that Mayor Anthony B. Flask has a “responsibility” to recruit qualified Negroes into city government.
May 11, 1959: Phil Mainer, 34, known as “Fleegle” in Youngstown’s underworld, is jailed on an open charge for questioning in the car bombing that killed Christ Sofocleous.
Assisted by 20 area priests, Bishop Emmet Walsh dedicates the new $500,000 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Elementary School on Youll Street in Niles.
Sixty-five Safety Patrol members from Mahoning County schools visit the nation’s capitol and, along with thousands of safety patrol members from throughout the country, parade down Constitution Avenue.
May 11, 1934: With a rumble that resounded for miles over the low hills, the 200 foot stack of the abandoned New York Central Railroad Co. roundhouse in Coalburg, a mile west of Hubbard, comes tumbling down in a heap.
Mahoning County Sheriff William Engelhardt and Prosecutor J.H. Leighninger will discuss a request by Youngstown Mayor Mark Moore that the county help clean up illegal liquor joints in the city.
Youngstown’ Sheet & Tube Co.’s plans to build a continuous wide strip mill are nearing maturity and a final decision on the mill that was first authorized in 1930 may be made within 30 days.