Years Ago

Today is Friday, May 10, the 130th day of 2013. There are 235 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1775: Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys, along with Col. Benedict Arnold, capture the British-held fortress at Ticonderoga, N.Y.

1865: Union forces capture Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Irwinville, Ga.

1869: A golden spike is driven in Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States.

1913: The U.S. House of Representatives passes a resolution calling upon all federal officials, from the president on down, to wear a white carnation the following day in observance of Mother’s Day.

1924: J. Edgar Hoover is given the job of FBI director.

1933: The Nazis stage massive public book burnings in Germany.

1963: The Rolling Stones record their first single for Decca Records in London, covering Chuck Berry’s “Come On.” (which ends up being redone) and “I Want to Be Loved” by Willie Dixon.

1984: The International Court of Justice says the United States should halt any actions to blockade Nicaragua’s ports (the U.S. had already said it would not recognize World Court jurisdiction on this issue).

1993: Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee visit the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia for a hearing on the issue of homosexuals in the military; most of the sailors who spoke said they favored keeping the ban on gays.


1988: The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office charges a 38-year-old Brookfield man with illegally dumping toxic materials over a seven-year period, including acids, paint sludge and solvents into Sharon’s sanitary sewer system.

Atty. Stewart D. MacDonald representing the South Side Merchants Association says the 40-year-old license office will close at the end of June rather than make a $3,000 monthly donation to the Ohio Democratic Party.

1973: Gov. John J. Gilligan’s capital improvements budget includes $16 million for Mahoning County of which almost half would be spent at Youngstown State University.

Mahoning County Welfare Department adds 103 cases in April for a total caseload of 9,702 representing 20,208 recipients.

Willis B. Boyer is elevated to chairman of the board of Republic Steel Corp. and William J. De Lancey succeeds Boyer as president.

1963: The foundry at Mesa Machine Co.’s New Castle plant will be closed temporarily, resulting in the layoff of 150 of the 700 employees at the plant.

Brother and sister Johnny and Mary Strah, 9 and 10, drown while wading on an unseasonably warm day in a 30-foot pond near their Niles home. The pond on Salt Springs Road near Morain Coating is shallow on the edges but quickly slopes to 14-feet in depth.

1938: Youngstown’s 20th annual Community Chest campaign raises $262,220 or $12,771 short of its $275,000 goal.

The ban on certifying physically handicapped persons for WPA work has been lifted, says Fred A. Wagner, chairman of the Mahoning County commissioners.

Four Unity School District one-room school houses are being sold at public auction and a new $45,000 centralized school house will be built at Unity.

Don't Miss a Story

Sign up for our newsletter to receive daily news directly in your inbox.