Years Ago

Today is Friday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2014. There are 222 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1430: Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians, who sell her to the English.

1533: The marriage of England’s King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.

1788: South Carolina becomes the eighth state to ratify the United States Constitution.

1814: A second revised version of Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidelio,” has its world premiere in Vienna.


1989: District Justice Joseph Gabany presiding over a preliminary hearing in Mercer, Pa., for Grace L. Sykes, accused of practicing midwifery without a license, dismisses the charges, bringing cheers of approval from her 200 supporters, about half of whom were Amish.

Mike Woodford says he’ll probably keep his job as an assistant football coach at Niles McKinley High School even though he doesn’t need the money after winning Ohio’s $15 million Super Lotto.

About 60 district teachers and parents walk out of a Hubbard Board of Education meeting in disgust over the hiring of five teachers, contending the hirings focused more on filling coaching positions than securing qualified teachers.

1974: Youngstown City Council approves spending $60,000 for a bridge inspection program.

Ohio Highway Patrol, Mahoning County sheriff’s deputies and local police departments will be out in full force in the greater Youngstown area over the 78-hour Memorial Day weekend.

May Department Stores Co., parent company of Strouss in Youngstown, reports sales for the first 13 weeks of the year totaled $343 million, up 8.4 percent from the same period a year earlier. Net earnings were $5.2 million.

1964: Beavers at Meander Dam cut a V-notch in the splashboards at the spillway and were interrupted by Patrolman Lester Treffert just in time to prevent release of a billion gallons of water.

Three fishermen pull two young Canfield fliers from Pymatuning Lake after their light plane crashed five miles north of Jamestown, Pa. Pilot Timothy J. Moran, 18, and his passenger, Larry Berlin, 22, suffered minor injuries.

Diamond Alkali Co. of Cleveland is ordered by a Federal Trade Commission examiner to sell Bessemer Limestone & Cement Co. of Youngstown, saying Diamond violated antitrust laws.

1939: The Division Street Bridge which crosses the Mahoning River near the Brier Hill plant of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. collapses. Three men who were on the bridge at the time were thrown into the river but survived.

Republic Steel Corp. files a $7.5 million damage suit against the Congress of Industrial Organizations, the Steel Workers Organizing Committee, John L. Lewis, Phillip Murray and others as a result of the Little Steel Strike of 1937.

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