Today is Wednesday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2013. There are 223 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1813: Composer Richard Wagner is born in Leipzig, Germany.
1913: The American Cancer Society is founded in New York by a group of doctors and business leaders under its original name, the American Society for the Control of Cancer.
1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt appears before Congress to explain his decision to veto a bill that would have allowed World War I veterans to cash in bonus certificates before their 1945 due date.
1960: An earthquake of magnitude 9.5, the strongest ever measured, strikes southern Chile, claiming some 1,655 lives.
1963: Greek politician Grigoris Lambrakis is attacked by right-wingers after delivering a speech in Thessaloniki; he died five days later.
1968: The nuclear-powered submarine USS Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, sinks in the Atlantic Ocean.
1969: The lunar module of Apollo 10, with Thomas P. Stafford and Eugene Cernan aboard, flies to within nine miles of the moon’s surface in a dress rehearsal for the first lunar landing.
1992: After a reign lasting nearly 30 years, Johnny Carson hosts NBC’s “Tonight Show” for the last time.
1988: Ann Sonoff says gas wells drilled by Atlas Energy Group Inc. have damaged the water supply on land she owns off Keel Ridge Road in Hermitage. The company says it may not be responsible but is willing to work on a solution to the problem.
The Youngstown Pride plays its first home game in the World Basketball League before a capacity crowd of 7,250 in Beeghly Center on the Youngstown State University campus. The Pride defeats the Vancouver Nighthawks, 125-114.
James W. Dellick, director of the Mahoning County Board of Elections, says only 38 percent of 5.8 million Ohio voters went to the polls on May 3 and suggests voting by mail would increase participation.
1973: Municipal Court Judge Lloyd Haynes says “a drug sentence alone is not doing our people any good,” and he is experimenting with a pilot program to send offenders to rehabilitation rather than jail.
The American steel industry, including Republic Steel and U.S. Steel plants in Youngstown, is criticized by the nonprofit Council on Economic Priories for making sluggish progress on pollution control.
U.S. Rep. John P. Saylor, R-Pa., calls a proposed “stub canal” from Youngstown to the Ohio River near Pittsburgh a dead issue.
1963: The Most Rev. James W. Malone, auxiliary bishop of Youngstown is the speaker when 300 Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and Jewish Clergymen and laymen meet at Hotel Pick-Ohio.
John P. Gillespie, dean of men at Youngstown University, is elected temporary chairman of a special citizens committee studying ward reapportionment in Youngstown.
Three brothers, Bill, Art and John Simcox, of New Springfield and New Middletown, are attracting considerable attention at weekly stock car races at Canfield Speedway.
1938: Delinion Wellington, 26-year-old WPA worker, falls dead of a heart attack while running from second to third base during a baseball game at the Quatatino Flat Field in Girard.
Michael J. Kirwan, the first Democrat elected to Congress for the 19th Ohio District in a generation, files petitions for renomination to a second term.
Baxter Smith, 9, slips from the old ice house dam on the Mahoning River and disappears in the swirling waters. Just two years earlier, Baxter’s friend, Charlie Hogue, also drowned in the river, when he stepped into a deep hole while wading not far from where Baxter disappeared.