Years Ago

Today is Monday, May 19, the 139th day of 2014. There are 226 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1536: Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England’s King Henry VIII, is beheaded after being convicted of adultery.

1780: A mysterious darkness envelops much of New England and part of Canada in the early afternoon.

1864: American author Nathaniel Hawthorne, 59, dies in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

1913: California Gov. Hiram Johnson signs the Webb-Hartley Law prohibiting “aliens ineligible to citizenship” from owning farm land, a measure targeting Asian immigrants, particularly Japanese.

1921: Congress passes, and President Warren G. Harding signs, the Emergency Quota Act, which establishes national quotas for immigrants.

1935: T.E. Lawrence, also known as “Lawrence of Arabia,” dies in Dorset, England, six days after being injured in a motorcycle crash.

1943: In his second wartime address to the U.S. Congress, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pledges his country’s full support in the fight against Japan. That same day, top U.S. and British officials meeting in Washington reach agreement on May 1, 1944, as the date for the D-Day invasion of France (the operation ends up being launched more than a month later).

1962: Actress Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday to You” to President John F. Kennedy during a Democratic fundraiser at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

1964: The State Department discloses that 40 hidden microphones have been found in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

1973: Secretariat wins the Preakness Stakes, the second of its Triple Crown victories.

1981: Five British soldiers are killed by an Irish Republican Army landmine in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

1994: Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dies in New York at age 64.


1989: Sen. Richard Finan, R-Cincinnati, chairman of the Ohio Senate Ways and Means Committee, predicts that the committee will kill a bill that would allow Ohio’s first casino to be built at the mouth of the Black River in Lorain

John Leach, former manager of the Poland branch of the U.S. Postal Service, is installed as postmaster in Campbell.

The Metroplex Center in Liberty Township is operating with an estimated monthly shortfall of $40,000 and has not yet developed a financial plan to get out of bankruptcy, a company official tells the bankruptcy court.

1974: Nearly a half million pennies are collected by Union National Bank and Peoples Bank in Youngstown in the first few days of their response to a penny shortage by paying $1.10 for every 100 pennies brought in.

General Electric Co., Ohio’s third largest manufacturing employer, spent more than $35 million in 1973 to create more than 1,000 new jobs. GE has 35,000 Ohio employees and an annual payroll of $430 million.

Sister Mary Conroy, Ursuline general supervisor in Youngstown, will address the graduating classes of both Ursuline High School and Cardinal Mooney High School, marking the first time a woman has drawn the assignment.

1964: Ronald Carabbia, Struthers gambler, grossed more than $14,000 from the bug during the first six months of 1962, an IRS agent testifies at Carabbia’s gambling trial in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

The Coitsville Township Board of Zoning Appeals opens the way for a golf course that will eventually be named the Coitsville Country Club off State Line Road south of Route 422.

At an unpublicized special meeting, Liberty Township trustees make wholesale reductions in personnel and in police department salaries.

1939: The Youngstown Law Department drafts an ordinance establishing $10 “courtesy” fines for most traffic offenses that would allow a motorist to sign a traffic ticket pledging to pay a $190 fine within 24 hours. The alternative would be an arrest, which requires posting a $50 bond.

Dr. I. Edmund Philo, Rabbi Carl Manello and Rabbi Nathan Kollin will lead a service at Anshe Emeth Temple aimed at a “spiritual rededication of the Jews of Youngstown to the Holy Land.”

The Carpenters & Joiners Union 171 honors 23 veteran members at Youngstown Central Auditorium at its anniversary dinner. Edward Gleckler and J.L. Smith were members when the lodge was organized 53 years earlier.

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