Today is Tuesday, May 21, the 141st day of 2013. There are 224 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1863: The Seventh-day Adventist Church is officially organized.
1881: Clara Barton founds the American Red Cross.
1927: Charles A. Lindbergh lands his Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 331/2 hours.
1932: Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, about 15 hours after leaving Newfoundland.
1956: The United States explodes the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
1972: Michelangelo’s Pieta, on display at the Vatican, is damaged by a hammer-wielding man who shouted he was Jesus Christ.
1998: Teen gunman Kip Kinkel opens fire inside Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore., killing two students, a day after he’d killed his parents.
1988: U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. and Mary Rose Oakar, are urging General Electric Co. to reconsider its decision to close the company’s Trumbull Lamp Plant at 1313 W. Market St. in Warren.
An auction at the Bishop family mansion in Poland, also known as “The Oaks,” draws hundreds of bidders over two days on the sale of books, paintings, furniture and household goods valued at an estimated $250,000.
Seven Star Productions, which filmed “tiger Warsaw” in Sharon in 1987, says it will film a new movie, “Death Penalty,” in Youngstown and is negotiating with former boxer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and actors Karl Malden, Emilio Estevez and James Russo to star.
1973: Sixty-six units in a townhouse development owned by Shutrump and Associates on New Road in Austintown are offered for sale at prices ranging from $19,850 to $22,900. It’s the Youngstown district’s first condominium development.
Bridgett Erkard, 13, of 324 W. LaClede Ave., is crowned Miss Black Teen-age Youngstown at the annual pageant at the new Elks Youth Center.
1963: I.L. Feuer director of the Mahoning County Welfare Department, says the department will have a $214,000 deficit at the end of the year, based on calculations for the first four months.
Law Director Russell G. Mock says City Council cannot legally upset plans to widen Wirt Street between Belmont Avenue and West Federal Street.
The old Rayen-Wood Auditorium at 129-137 W. Rayen Ave., is being remodeled for use as a showroom for Cherol Motors and Pavone Rambler, which are merging to form the largest Rambler dealership in Ohio.
1938: A tornado slashes a narrow path through the Youngstown district, leaving a trail of downed trees and lifted roofs. The damage includes the loss of a conveyor at the Carbon Limestone Co. plant at Carbon, Pa., where the loss is estimated at $15,000.
Lawrence County Treasurer Joseph H. Hartland is free on $7,500 bond after pleading not guilty to a charge of embezzling $12,000 in county funds. County commissioners accept Hartland’s resignation.
Dr. Willard F. Guard, head of the veterinary clinic at Ohio State University, says horses with broken legs don’t need to be shot any more than people who might be similarly unfortunate. Guard says he has been setting the broken legs of horses successfully for some 25 years.