Years Ago

Today is Friday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2013. There are 242 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1802: Washington, D.C., is incorporated as a city.

1913: Clorox has its beginnings as five entrepreneurs agree to set up a liquid bleach factory in Oakland, Calif.

1916: Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others are executed by the British for their roles in the Easter Rising.

1933: Nellie T. Ross becomes the first female director of the U.S. Mint.

1943: Pulitzer Prizes are awarded to Thornton Wilder for his play “The Skin of Our Teeth” and Upton Sinclair for “Dragon’s Teeth.”

1948: The Supreme Court rules that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks or members of other racial groups are legally unenforceable.

1960: The Harvey Schmidt-Tom Jones musical “The Fantasticks” begins a nearly 42-year run at New York’s Sullivan Street Playhouse.

1973: Chicago’s 110-story Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower) is topped out after two years of construction, becoming the world’s tallest building for the next 25 years.


1988: Twan Scott, 21, and Vicky Bailey, 24, are shot to death as they sit in a car on Wright Drive in the city’s East Side.

Warren city officials take three critics of a proposed prison in Warren to Dayton where they meet neighbors of a facility similar to that which would be built in Warren.

John H. Holt, executive vice president of Home Savings and Loan Co., is elected president of the Youngstown Community Corp., parent organization of the Youngstown Area United Way, succeeding Atty. James E. Bennett Jr.

1973: David Riccuitti, 26, manager of the News Center, 1317 Market St., is shot and wounded with his own gun while struggling with a man accused of stealing lunchmeat at the store.

As he closes out the first nine months heading Youngstown’s 25,000-student school district, Superintendent Robert Pegues says the image of Youngstown City School District is improving.

An arson fire touched off by a flammable liquid explodes like a bomb and levels the one-story Pocket Lounge at 2021 Logan Ave. causing more than $40,000 in damage.

1963: Common Pleas Judge Forrest J. Cavalier rules that a contract does not exist that compels the sale of the State Theater in downtown Youngstown to the Robins Enterprises Co. of Niles.

General Fireproofing Co. announces that it will recall 100 employees who are among several hundred laid off early in the year.

Carol Ann Mureko, winner of the annual Junior Philharmonic Concerto Piano Competition and a student at Brookfield Junior High School, will be the featured soloist for the Youngstown Philharmonic Orchestra’s children’s concerts, which are expected to draw 23,000 parochial and public school students to Stambaugh Auditorium.

1938: A crowd of 2,000 at Shady Run Field see Gov. Martin L. Davey’s team, the Lansingville Slovaks, defeat Struthers North Side Civics, 11-4. Fred Shutrump, Mahoning County Democratic chairman, throws out the first pitch.

Columbiana County Sheriff Harry L. Gosney is preparing to serve capiases after a Columbiana County grand jury returns 26 secret indictments for gambling, including having slot machines at lunchrooms, cigar stores and service stations.

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