Years Ago

Today is Thursday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2013. There are 243 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1519: Artist Leonardo da Vinci dies at Cloux, France, at age 67.

1863: During the Civil War, Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson is accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Va.; he dies eight days later.

1936: “Peter and the Wolf,” a symphonic tale for children by Sergei Prokofiev, has its world premiere in Moscow.

1952: The era of commercial jet passenger service begins as a BOAC de Havilland Comet carrying 36 passengers takes off on a multi-stop flight from London to Johannesburg, South Africa.

1957: Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., dies at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

1963: The Children’s Crusade begins in Birmingham, Ala., as more than 1,000 black schoolchildren skip classes and march downtown to protest racial segregation; hundreds are arrested. (During another march the following day, authorities unleash police dogs and fire hoses on the young protesters.)

1982: The Weather Channel makes its debut.

2011: Osama bin Laden is killed by elite American forces at his Pakistan compound, then quickly buried at sea after a decade on the run.


1988: James E. Winner Jr., 58, of Clark, Pa., says he developed the Club, an antitheft device that is being manufactured in Sharon and is gaining international attention, after his car was stolen from the parking lot of the Shenango Inn two years earlier.

Area contractor Richard Blackwell climbs the former Republic Steel Co.’s No. 1 blast furnace on Center Street and hangs a flag to protest plans by the furnace’s present owner, LTV Steel Co., to demolish the structure.

1973: The Rev. Charles Frost, head of the Youngstown Human Relations Commission, delivers the address when new members are inducted into the National Honor Society at South High School.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Sidney J. Rigelhaupt throws out Youngstown’s residency requirement for municipal employees, saying the rule is “void and unconstitutional.” The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 28, had filed suit challenging the rule.

Youngstown enters into an agreement to reimburse the U.S. Air Force if the Air Force responds to fire fighting or emergency calls at the civilian airport.

1963: Mollie Amos, co-owner of Best Way Cleaners on Jacobs Road, is charged with promoting a numbers game after a raid on the cleaning shop by the Youngstown police department intelligence squad.

A false report carried by WKBN radio at 11:30 that County Clerk of Courts Tony Vivo had died of a heart attack causes a flood of calls to newsmen and area hospitals before it is found to be a hoax. News director Jim Mullins says someone identifying himself as Dr. Nathan Belinky, chief deputy coroner, called the station to report Vivo’s death.

1938:Sheriff Ralph E. Elser is investigating the firing of five shots at two gas station proprietors who were riding past the new dog track at Craig Beach in the early morning hours. The two men, Fred Summers of Austintown and John Volpe of Wickliffe, said the attack on them was unprovoked.

Pat Gallagher and Jack Connors, Crandall Park employees, discover five eggs in the nest of the park’s pair of swans, a record number. This swan couple has been together since the lady swan had won a fight to the death with another female at the lake.

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