Years Ago

Today is Friday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2014. There are 243 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1908: The original version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” with music by Albert Von Tilzer and lyrics by Jack Norworth, is published by Von Tilzer’s York Music Co.

1945: The Soviet Union announces the fall of Berlin, and the Allies announce the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.

1957: Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., dies at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

1963: The Children’s Crusade begins in Birmingham, Ala., as more than 1,000 black schoolchildren skip classes and march downtown to protest racial segregation; hundreds are arrested.

1964: American-born Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor, the first woman to serve in the British Parliament, dies in Lincolnshire, England, at age 84.

1972: A fire at the Sunshine silver mine in Kellogg, Idaho, kills 91 workers who succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Longtime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover dies in Washington at age 77.

1982: The Weather Channel makes its debut.

2009: The Dallas Cowboys’ tent-like practice structure collapses during a severe storm in Irving, Texas; a dozen people were hurt.

2011: Osama bin Laden is killed by elite American forces at his Pakistan compound, then is quickly buried at sea after a decade on the run.

2013: President Barack Obama arrives in Mexico City on his first trip to Latin America since winning re-election.


1989: During a seminar at Youngstown State University, three YSU professors who also serve on local school boards blast Ohio’s method for funding primary and secondary public education, but say they doubt the Legislature will do anything to improve matters.

Marvin Hamlisch will perform music from “The Sting,” “The Way We Were,” “A Chorus Line” and other shows at a Monday Musical Club performance at Stambaugh Auditorium.

A shortage of nurses helped give the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association the leverage it needed to win pay increases of about 25 percent over the three-year life of its contract with the Western Reserve Care System.

1974: Three Wheatland, Pa., men are killed when their auto strikes an Erie Lackawanna Railroad train at the North River Road crossing near Warren. Dead are Thomas Johnson, 22; his father, Barney, 70, and Gary L. Weaver, 23.

Sharon Steel Corp. reports record first-quarter earnings of $3.5 million on sales of $96.2 million.

U.S. Steel Corp., the nation’s largest steel producer, announces price increases averaging 5.7 percent on its total product line. Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. announces increases of 10 to 25 percent on some of its products.

1964: Milton Kessler, president of the Kessler Products Co., says the plastics firm will build a production plant, research and development center on a 40-acre site at Southern Boulevard and McClurg Road in Boardman.

Three brothers of slain Youngstown rackets figure James “Vince” DeNiro are free on $2,500 bond each after pleading not guilty to charges of evading $112,020 in federal inheritance and income taxes on their murdered brother’s estate.

A 17-year-old Struthers High School senior who threw a brick through a window at the home of assistant principal Howard Heldman will spend the weekends in May in detention and will spend one hour after each school day doing chores for school officials.

1939: The Youngstown Browns, new entry in the Mid-Atlantic League, win their opening game at League Park in Akron, defeating the Akron Yankees, 8-7. Their home opener will be at Idora Park against the Erie Sailors.

General business conditions in Youngstown during April show substantial gains over a year earlier, with 501 new automobiles sold, compared to 269 in April 1938.

Tom M. Girdler, chairman of the Republic Steel Corp., says at a dinner sponsored by trustees of the Case School of Applied Science, that industry must support technical schools because “they are our chief source of trained manpower.”

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