Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, May 15, the 135th day of 2013. There are 230 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1863: Edouard Manet’s painting “Le dejeuner sur l’herbe” (“The Lunch on the Grass”) goes on display in Paris, scandalizing viewers with its depiction of a nude woman seated on the ground with two fully dressed men at a picnic in a wooded area.

1911: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Standard Oil Co. is a monopoly in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders its breakup.

1942: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a measure creating the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, whose members came to be known as WACs.

1970: Just after midnight, Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two black students at Jackson State College in Mississippi, are killed as police open fire during student protests.

1972: Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace is shot and left paralyzed by Arthur H. Bremer while campaigning in Laurel, Md., for the Democratic presidential nomination. (Bremer serves 35 years of a 53-year sentence for attempted murder.)

1975: U.S. forces invade the Cambodian island of Koh Tang and recapture the American merchant ship Mayaguez. Forty U.S. servicement were killed in the operation.


1988: Food shoppers on Youngstown’s East Side and Campbell stand to benefit from a price war between the new Apples Market opening in the Lincoln Knolls Plaza and the Valu King supermarket a few doors away in the McCartney Road plaza.

The Youngstown Health Department issues a seven-day notice to Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church to clean up trash and debris at the Idora Park site, which the church plans to transform into a “City of God” complex.

1973: Some 500 Austintown residents crowd a hearing at the Austintown Middle School to object to the planned construction of 200 units of multi-family housing in 24 buildings north of Burkey Road, bounded by Forest Hill Drive and Westgate Boulevard.

Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital opens two floors of its new $1 million surgical wing, moving in the first 40 patients.

1963: Gov. James A. Rhodes says he will sign a bill that will require Ohio recipients of relief payments to work on public projects or take work-related training classes.

A frightening path lies ahead for the nation if there is no more respect for law, says Warren Municipal Judge James Ravella at the Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony on Youngstown’s Central Square.

1938: Frank Cunningham, veteran police officer and the first chief of the Campbell Police Department, announces his intention to retire. He will receive a pension of $115 per month.

Madeline Margo, a senior at Youngstown College and a charter member of Delta Epsilon honorary sorority, will be Queen of the 11th annual May Day celebration.

Attorney David E. Jones of Youngstown is virtually assured of re- election as vice president of the Ohio State Bar Association from the 7th Appellate District after a meeting of 25 lawyers at the YMCA.

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