Today is Saturday, May 17, the 137th day of 2014. There are 228 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1792: The New York Stock Exchange has its origins as a group of brokers meets under a tree on Wall Street.
1954: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, unanimously strikes down racially segregated public schools, ruling that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”
1973: A special committee convened by the U.S. Senate begins its televised hearings into the Watergate scandal.
2004: Massachusetts becomes the first state to allow legal same-sex marriages.
1989: The Mahoning County Landlords’ Association wins a court order barring Youngstown from enforcing an ordinance that requires nonresident owners of rental property to designate agents who live in the city.
Warren Schools Superintendent John Peckyno suggests an alternative to the financially embattled school district eliminating all extracurricular activities, a proposal that would have students pay a modest fee to participate.
1974: A Campbell man who pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and was sentenced to two years in the Mansfield Reformatory is the first Mahoning County resident to be released under Ohio’s new “shock probation” law after serving three months.
Samuel A. Roth, vice president of Roth Bros. Heating and Cooling, is installed as president of the Mahoning Valley Society of Professional Engineers.
Seven teams are entered in the first Youngstown State Sailing Regatta at the Berlin Reservoir.
1964: Roy Frazier of Warren Market School is the star of the NEO Class A District track championship at Struthers High, winning the 100, 220 and low hurdles. His time of 10.1 in the 100 breaks the district record set in 1929.
Youngstown University coed Mary Ann Loncar is crowned “Miss Blue Tiger” by the commander of the 757th Troop Carrier Squadron of the 910th Group during Armed Forces Day at the Youngstown Air Base.
1939: Mahoning and Columbiana counties and several townships in Trumbull County are among large areas throughout Ohio named in a quarantine on intra-state shipments of fruits and vegetables in an effort to prevent the spread of the Japanese beetle.
An organization to promote the prospects of U.S. Sen. Robert A. Taft of Ohio for the Repbulican nomination for president is revealed by Atty. Theodore A. Johnson, leader of Taft backers in the Youngstown area.
Betty Jane Bletso and Jack Wean star in the Chaney High School senior play, a farce, “Cupid Strikes Twice.”