Today in history

Today is Wednesday, May 8, the 128th day of 2013. There are 237 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1884: The 33rd president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, is born in Lamar, Mo.

1886: Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton invents the syrup for Coca-Cola.

1921: Sweden’s Parliament votes to abolish the death penalty.

1945: President Harry S. Truman announces on radio that Nazi Germany’s forces have surrendered, and that “the flags of freedom fly all over Europe.”

1972: President Richard Nixon announces that he has ordered the mining of Haiphong Harbor during the Vietnam War.

1973: Militant American Indians who’d held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender.

1984: The Soviet Union announces it would boycott the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.


1988: Carol Petro of Hubbard wins a Mother’s Day promotion of the Radisson Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, with the prize being a trip to Texas for a surprise visit with her son, Spec. 4 Kevin J. Petro, 20, who was receiving a “Soldier of the Year Award” from the Army Academy of Health Sciences.

Ohio Edison Co. officials are trying to determine what caused two cables at a Youngstown substation to snap, causing a power outage that affected 3,200 customers in Youngstown and sparked a brush fire near the Riverbend substation.

1973: More than 25,000 voters go to the polls by noon at 400 precincts in Mahoning County, which poll observers describe as extremely light.

Eugenia Stonework is honored at the Trumbull Baptist Association spring rally for her group work and counseling at the Michael J. Kirwan Homes in Campbell since the development was built.

1963: Hubbard Mayor Albert Sauline wins the Democratic nomination for re-election over challenger Alfred G. Tribby by a vote of 947 to 909.

The only issue on the ballot in Girard, the renewal of a 1-mill city operating levy, is soundly defeated, 1,308 to 907.

Richard J. Barrett easily wins the Democratic nomination for mayor in Youngstown and will face Incumbent Harry N. Savasten, a Republican, in November.

1938: Raymond Mellinger of Poland wins the Vindicator Spelling Bee at South High School, besting a field of 104 spellers. He is the brother of Phoebe Mellinger, who won the bee in 1934.

Certificates of high scholarship attainment are presented to 13 high school seniors from Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties during a luncheon at Kent University. They are Marjorie Owen, Alice Greiner, Margaret Geissman, Mary Peters, Marcia Jones, Helen Myers, Phoebe Mellinger, Mary Peters, Robert Long, John Powers, Hugh Bennett, Robert Lynn and William Meredith.

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