Today is Monday, May 6, the 126th day of 2013. There are 239 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1863: The Civil War Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia ends with a Confederate victory over Union forces.
1882: President Chester Alan Arthur signs the Chinese Exclusion Act, which bars Chinese immigrants from the U.S. for 10 years (Arthur had opposed a 20-year ban).
1910: Britain’s Edwardian era ends with the death of King Edward VII; he is succeeded by George V.
1935: The Works Progress Administration begins operating under an executive order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1937: The hydrogen-filled German airship Hindenburg burns and crashes in Lakehurst, N.J., killing 35 of the 97 people on board and a Navy crewman on the ground.
1942: During World War II some 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrender to Japanese forces.
1954: Medical student Roger Bannister breaks the four-minute mile during a track meet in Oxford, England, in 3:59.4.
1962: In the first test of its kind, the submerged submarine USS Ethan Allen fires a Polaris missile armed with a nuclear warhead that detonates above the Pacific Ocean.
1987: CIA Director William J. Casey, 74, dies.
1996: The body of former CIA director William E. Colby is found washed up on a southern Maryland riverbank, more than a week after he’d disappeared.
1988: The head of a state prison inspection committee recommends that the Scioto County grand jury investigate the death of Youngstown inmate John Ingram and that of a Cincinnati inmate, both of whom died at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility.
New federal rules for alcohol consumption by commercial truck and bus drivers lower the allowable alcohol level to 0.04 percent of blood-alcohol content.
The McDonald’s Corp. is considering building another franchise in Youngstown, this one at the corner of Market Street and LaClede Avenue in the Uptown area.
1973: Youngstown University student elections have been declared invalid after hearings into irregularities by the Student Council discipline committee. New elections will be held.
The Amoco Co., which supplies more than 20,000 dealerships, including the Lyden Oil Co. in Youngstown, predicts a gasoline shortage through the summer. It has allocated the same amount to dealers in 1973 as in 1972, but demand is expected to increase 5 or 6 percent.
The Youngstown Optimist Club celebrates its 50th anniversary, giving special recognition to three charter members, D. Palmer Jacobs, Royal Pfahler and Atty. Myron Ullman.
1963: Skilled safecrackers burn open an ADT –wired safe without setting off the alarm and escape with several thousand dollars from the Midlothian Blvd. office of Schwebel Baking Co.
Youngstown firemen call in federal agents after extinguishing a fire and finding a liquor still in a home occupied by Henry Venable Jr. at 1032 Hawthorne St.
Mrs. Edward T. MacDonnell, widely known musician, civic and cultural leader in Youngstown, dies in Utica, N.Y. at the age of 74.
1938: Atty. Wilbur T. Blair Jr. is elected president of the Youngstown Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Atty. Hugh S. Jenkins.
Strouss-Hirshberg Co. puts some teeth in its anti-bug campaign, firing several workers and warning that others will be dismissed if they engage in numbers gambling on store hours or store property.
A group of Youngstown city councilmen holding a one-vote majority block an attempt by the city to bring civil suit against James A. Brennan, a former contractor, who allegedly overcharged the Moore administration on city contracts in the amount of $25,000.