Years Ago

Today is Thursday, May 16, the 136th day of 2013. There are 229 days left in the year.

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On this date in:

1770: Marie Antoinette, age 14, marries the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15.

1868: The U.S. Senate fails by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson as it took its first ballot on the 11 articles of impeachment against him.

1929: The first Academy Awards are presented. The movie “Wings” wins “best production.”

1939: The government begins its first food stamp program in Rochester, N.Y.

1943: The nearly month-long Warsaw Ghetto Uprising comes to an end as German forces crush the Jewish resistance and blow up the Great Synagogue. An estimated 7,000 Jews were killed during the uprising, while about 7,000 others were summarily executed. The remaining 40,000 were sent to concentration camps.

1953: Associated Press correspondent William N. Oatis is released by communist authorities in Czechoslovakia, where he’d been imprisoned for two years after being forced to confess to espionage while working as the AP’s Prague bureau chief.

1988: Surgeon General C. Everett Koop releases a report declaring nicotine was addictive in ways similar to heroin and cocaine.

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1988: A year-long rift between Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman Don Hanni Jr. and Russell Saadey, first vice chairman, erupts into a battle for control of the party, with Saadey announcing that he is a candidate for chairman.

Charles Swindler, principal of North Road Elementary School, and Barbara Wright, principal of Mines School in Howland, adapt a math testing program for use as a computer tutorial program for students doing remedial mathematics work.

1973: A 16-year-old Cardinal Mooney High School sophomore is in police custody after a teacher became suspicious of what he had in a paper bag and discovered a pipe bomb. The school was evacuated while the bomb squad removed the device and deactivated it.

Jennings R. Lambeth, president of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., says the U.S. could be short three to 10 million tons of finished steel capacity within seven years because imports are destroying U.S. steel jobs and cutting into profits needed for modernization.

1963: Mahoning County will return $10,000 in federal public works funds because county commissioners and Domestic Relations Judge Harold S. Rickert cannot agree on how to remodel his courtroom and expand the law library.

John Lapp, 39, kills his wife, Marilyn, 38, with 12-gauage shotgun and then himself at their Trumbull Avenue home.

Capt. Nicholas Polito, a 21-year veteran of the Struthers Police Department, is named police chief by Mayor Harold Milligan.

1938: Two bandits are shot dead and three escape after they walk into a police ambush at the Eagle clubhouse in East Palestine. One of the dead is Mike Lapushansky, 22, of Girard, who had given police a tip that there would be a burglary. The other was John Yourko, 22, of Youngstown.

William Boyd, proprietor of a confectionery store at 729 Oak Hill Ave., pulls his own gun on a young would-be bandit, takes the 17-year-old’s gun, name and address and sends him home with a stern lecture. The information has been turned over to Youngstown police.

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