Years Ago

Today is Saturday, May 24, the 144th day of 2014. There are 221 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1844: Samuel F.B. Morse transmits the message “What hath God wrought” from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opens America’s first telegraph line.

1883: The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, is dedicated by President Chester Alan Arthur and New York Gov. Grover Cleveland.

1889: Germany’s Reichstag passes a mandatory disability and old-age insurance law.

1935: The first major league baseball game to be played at night takes place at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field as the Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1.

1941: The German battleship Bismarck sinks the British battle cruiser HMS Hood in the North Atlantic, killing all but three of the 1,418 men on board.

1959: Former U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles dies in Washington, D.C. at age 71.

1962: Astronaut Scott Carpenter becomes the second American to orbit the Earth as he flies aboard Aurora 7.

1974: American jazz composer and bandleader Duke Ellington, 75, dies in New York.

1976: Britain and France open trans-Atlantic Concorde supersonic transport service to Washington.


1989: With the two millionth Lordstown-built J-car, a 1989 Cavalier Z-24, rolling off the assembly line, J.C. “Jim” Perkins, Chevrolet Division general manager, says the Lordstown Complex will become the exclusive producer of Cavaliers in the 1991 model year.

A 50-year-old Campbell man is charged with attempted murder and other charges for firing shots at the home of the Rev. George Pappas, pastor of Archangel Michael Orthodox Church, apparently in reaction to Pappas’ ban of fireworks at the church on Easter.

Tens of millions of gallons of raw sewage will flow into the Mahoning River from Warren’s sewage treatment plant for an undetermined period of time due to a flooding of the main sewage pumping station.

1974: Milan Marsh of Girard, a member of Youngstown Carpenters Local 171, defeats Frank King of Toledo, the incumbent, for president of the Ohio AFL-CIO Council.

FBI agents arrest 10 people, including a Howland Township man in whose car a stick of dynamite was found, on warrants charging 17 people in a white slavery ring that the FBI said has operated in Ohio, New York and West Virginia.

The Rev. John S. Trimbur, a graduate of Niles McKinley High School, is ordained in Denver at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He will celebrate his first mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Niles. .

1964: More than 1,500 members of the Youngstown schools safety patrols leave from the Erie Lackawanna Railroad station for their trip to Cleveland for an Indians game. Accompanying the group are Mayor Anthony B. Flask, fire and police officials, teachers and PTA members.

The Rev. Eugene C. Beach, minister of First Christian Church, addresses Youngstown University’s 42nd baccalaureate service in C.J. Strouss Memorial Auditorium.

Twelve track records for girls are set during the finals of the Boardman Girls Invitational Track and Field Meet at Boardman High School, including a record of 1:11.35 in the 440-yard run set by Sandy Wellington of McDonald High School.

1939: Atty. James E. Bennett is re-elected president of the Youngstown YMCA and William J. Brown, director of national advertising for The Vindicator, is elected to the board of trustees.

Common Pleas Judge David G. Jenkins dismisses a petition by Emma Sebring Barclay to enforce covenants in deeds of property in the village of Sebring that ban the sale of liquor. Jenkins ruled that the covenants had not been enforced with reasonable diligence and to do so would be unfair to the 10 liquor and beer establishments operating in the village.

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