Today is Friday, May 24, the 144th day of 2013. There are 221 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1775: John Hancock is elected president of the Continental Congress, succeeding Peyton Randolph.
1844: Samuel F.B. Morse transmits the message “What hath God wrought” from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opens America’s first telegraph line.
1883: the Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, is dedicated by President Chester Alan Arthur and New York Gov. Grover Cleveland.
1935: The first major league baseball game to be played at night takes place at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field as the Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1.
1937: In a set of rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of the Social Security Act of 1935.
1941: The German battleship Bismarck sinks the British battle cruiser HMS Hood in the North Atlantic, killing all but three of the 1,418 men on board.
1961: Aa group of Freedom Riders is arrested after arriving at a bus terminal in Jackson, Miss., charged with breaching the peace for entering white-designated areas. (They ended up serving 60 days in jail.)
1962: Astronaut Scott Carpenter becomes the second American to orbit the Earth as he flies aboard Aurora 7.
1980: Iran rejects a call by the World Court in The Hague to release American hostages in Iran.
1988: Murphy Contracting Co. of Youngstown is fined $5,000 by the city for failing to obtain a building permit for a $700,000 renovation project at South Side Medical Center.
Michael Day, 31, of Athens escapes from the medium security Ross Correctional Institution at Chillecothe using a gun that was mailed to him, allegedly by a female friend.
Austintown Township trustees ask County Prosecutor Gary Van Brocklin for legal advice on how voters can repeal a recently approved countywide Mill Creek Park levy.
1973: Fourteen-year-old Thomas Olson of LaBrae High School takes first place in biology in the statewide Scholastic Achievement tests administered by the Ohio Department of Education.
Joseph G. Butler Jr., director of the Butler Institute of American Art, will receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree when he speaks at the 51st annual spring commencement of Youngstown State University.
Youngstown Mayor Jack C. Hunter returns from a trip to Washington, D.C., and says the U.S. Postal Service is still interested in locating a proposed $6 million facility in downtown Youngstown.
Youngstown State University’s faculty ratifies by a vote of 205-8 a two-year contract negotiated by the YSU chapter of the Ohio Education Association that provides 2.75 percent increases in addition to $500 across-the–board payments to each faculty member.
1963: The Lake Milton Merchants Little League baseball team had its practice session called after a load of two-inch steel bars from an overturned tractor-trailer rolled over the infield. None of the 18 youngsters on the field was injured but pitcher Jimmy Fox, 9, leapt from the mound just before several bars rolled over it.
Mayor Harry Savasten vetoes a zone change to commercial on Market Street between Wilma and Vermont avenues, saying it would lead to increased traffic congestion.
1938: Two “pick-up men” for the “South Side Bank,” a relatively new lottery outfit in Youngstown, tell City Council that at least six members of the city police department have been protecting employees of one lottery house while harassing others.
Five of Youngstown’s improvement clubs protest city council’s plan to widen the roadways around Central Square and urge the city to keep the square as it is.
Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Co. announces $12 million in improvements, of which $1.5 million will be spent at its Sharon, Pa., works.