Years Ago

Today is Sunday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2013. There are 233 days left in the year. This is Mother’s Day.


On this date in:

1780: During the Revolutionary War, the besieged city of Charleston, S.C., surrenders to British forces.

1922: A 20-ton meteor crashes near Blackstone, Va.

1932: The body of Charles Lindbergh Jr., the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, is found in a wooded area near Hopewell, N.J.

1933: The Federal Emergency Relief Administration and the Agricultural Adjustment Administration are established to provide help for the needy and farmers.

1943: During World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrender.

1949: The Soviet Union lifts the Berlin Blockade, which the Western powers had succeeded in circumventing with their Berlin Airlift.

1963: Betty Miller becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean as she lands her Piper Apache in Brisbane, Australia, having left Oakland, Calif., on April 30, making three stopovers along the way.

1970: The Senate votes unanimously to confirm Harry A. Blackmun as a Supreme Court justice.


1988: LTV Steel Co. agrees to sell its Warren Works to the Renco Group Inc., a privately held New York firm that intends to operate the plant with current management and employees.

State Rep. Robert Hagan of Youngstown, D-53rd, says he will ask Gov. Richard F. Celeste to step up reform of a long-standing practice of deputy registrars being required to make political contributions.

1973: Two members of the Spanish-speaking community file a class action suit in U.S. District Court against Youngstown officials to stop them from filling any vacancies on the police force until positive measures are taken to ensure equal employment opportunities for Spanish-speaking Americans and blacks.

The Ohio Edison Co. is purchasing property near Sandusky for development of a nuclear electric generating station.

Architect H. Walter Damon is selected Protestant Man of the Year and Dave Howland is named Churchman of the Year by Organization of Protestant Men.

1963: A 30-year old Pearl Street man gives Youngstown police a statement implicating himself and a 38-year-old Campbell man in the $1 million Youngstown Club fire, but not Frank Palermo Jr., a Philadelphia hoodlum police have charged with arson in the Feb. 2 blaze.

There is continued talk of building a multimillion-dollar pipeline for piping high-grade metallurgical coal from Lake Erie to the Youngstown district as an alternative to a lake-to-river waterway.

Stanley de Aranzeta, a native of Bilboa, Spain, who graduated from the Sorbonne and speaks four languages, is named executive director of the International Institute in Youngstown.

1938: Arthur Snyder, also known as Eddie Hegert, of Steubenville, the state’s star witness against three men charged with slaying Roy “Happy” Marino “disappears” from Mahoning County jail where he had been pending the opening of the trial in Judge Erskine Maiden Jr.’s courtroom.

U.S. Sen. “Long Tom” Connally of Texas speaks at a reception by the Youngstown Chamber of Commerce at the Hotel Ohio and discusses how the wage and hour bill, which he voted against, would affect Youngstown industries and labor.

U.S. Sen. Robert J. Bulkley and Congressman Michael J. Kirwan tell Youngstown Mayor Lionel Evans they support his proposed $5 million city improvement program.

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