Years Ago

Today is Thursday, May 15, the 135th day of 2014. There are 230 days left in the year.

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On this date in:

1863: Edouard Manet’s painting “Le dejeuner sur l’herbe” (The Lunch on the Grass) goes on display in Paris, scandalizing viewers with its depiction of a nude woman seated on the ground with two fully dressed men at a picnic in a wooded area.

1911: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Standard Oil Co. is a monopoly in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act, and orders its breakup.

1930: Registered nurse Ellen Church, the first airline stewardess, goes on duty aboard an Oakland-to-Chicago flight operated by Boeing Air Transport (a forerunner of United Airlines).

1942: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a measure creating the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, whose members come to be known as WACs. Also, wartime gasoline rationing takes effect in 17 Eastern states, limiting sales to 3 gallons a week for nonessential vehicles.


1989: Trumbull County veterans are demanding all revenue from a half-mill property tax designated for veterans be used for that purpose. The veterans say about two-thirds of the $1 million generated by the tax is being diverted to the general fund.

The Kroger Co.’s Lyle Everingham heads the list of Ohio’s highest paid executives in a Forbes magazine survey. He was paid $4.87 million in 1988, nearly a million more than Burnell Roberts, head of Dayton-based Mead Corp., who was in second place.

1974: A 22-year-old Braceville man is in serious condition in Trumbull Memorial Hospital with shotgun wounds incurred when he was blasted by a deputy sheriff during a burglary at a Route 45 service station. Two deputies were on a stake-out at the Exxon station.

George D. Beelen, professor of history at Youngstown State University, is elected president of the Youngstown Chapter of the United Nations Association.

United Airlines announces through Mayor Jack C. Hunter that it will restore in June two daily flights from Youngstown to Chicago that were cut from United’s schedule in June due to the energy crisis.

1964: Top steel executives and mill hands, bankers, political and sports figures, union leaders and others gather at the Youngstown Country Club to observe the retirement of Henry A. Roemer who is winding up a 63-year career in the steel industry, including 33 years at the top of Sharon Steel.

Atty. Elton W. Luckhart is elected to a third term as chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Central Committee.

The iron and steel picture in the Youngstown district is bright, with orders continuing to roll in and capacity running at 74 percent, with 12 blast furnaces, 43 open hearths and nine electric furnaces and a basic oxygen converter operating.

1939: Jury selection begins in the trial of Norman Smith, 20, charged with murdering three members of the Baumeister family on their farm near North Lima a year ago. If found guilty, Smith could face the electric chair.

Frank Walker of Poland Manor scores highest in the general knowledge test given eighth- grade students throughout Mahoning County by the state department of education.

A brooder house and 50 chickens are destroyed by fire on the Lance Stewart farm on North Lima-Columbiana Road.

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