Years Ago

Today is Thursday, May 9, the 129th day of 2013. There are 236 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1712: The Carolina Colony is officially divided into two entities: North Carolina and South Carolina.

1754: A political cartoon in Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette depicts a snake cut into eight pieces, each section representing a part of the American colonies; the caption reads, “JOIN, or DIE.”

1945: U.S. officials announce that a midnight entertainment curfew is being lifted immediately.

1958: “Vertigo,” Alfred Hitchcock’s eerie thriller starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, premieres in San Francisco, the movie’s setting.

1974: The House Judiciary Committee opens public hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.

1978: The bullet-riddled body of former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro, who’d been abducted by the Red Brigades, is found in an automobile in the center of Rome.


1988: Howland Township trustees overturn the Zoning Commission to rezone 36 acres on state Route 46, clearing the way for development of a $20 million plaza by Ross Development Co.

Austintown Fitch sweeps a Steel Valley Conference doubleheader from Cardinal Mooney, 16-1 and 11-3, to end its season with an unbeaten 16-0 record under coach Jerry Beltempo.

Jolyn Marie Bush of Youngstown is named “Woman of the Year” by the Tri-County Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association. She is an interpreter for deaf children at Paul C. Bunn School.

1973: Ohio voters approve a constitutional amendment clearing the way for establishment of a statewide lottery. The lottery issue was approved in Mahoning County, 33,607 to 18,649.

Former Mayor Anthony B. Flask bests four rivals in the Democratic primary and will face Mayor Jack C. Hunter, a Republican, in November.

Joseph J. Melfi, Girard’s incumbent council president, survives a challenge by two opponents, Phillip Cretella and Edward Carney, to retain his post.

An FBI sponsored symposium on “Extremism and Terrorism” attracts more than 150 law enforcement officers and members of the judiciary at the Mahoning Country Club.

1963: Sebastian Pieton, 82-year-old retired machinist, is found shot to death behind his shop and next to his home at 2933 McGuffey Road.

Republic Steel Corp. will spend $27 million for modernization and improvement at its rapidly growing Warren Works.

A 6-year-old fatherless youngster confesses to starting a two-alarm fire in the abandoned Madison Machine and Welding Co. in Madison Avenue while playing with matches.

1938: Mayor Lionel Evans proposes to make Youngstown a model of WPA development through a $5 million program that would require the city to seek a $1 million loan to cover its share.

State Sen. J. Ralph Seidner of Youngstown announces that he will seek re-election to the Ohio Senate and will not run for the Democratic nomination of lieutenant governor.

Youngstown Law Director Vern Thomas asks why Youngstown and Niles are facing a 10 percent increase on bulk water when the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District has a surplus in excess of $40,000.

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