Today is Tuesday, May 9, the 129th day of 2017. There are 236 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1754: A political cartoon in Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette depicts a snake cut into eight pieces, each section representing a part of the American colonies; the caption read, “JOIN, or DIE.”
1864: Union Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick is killed by a Confederate sniper during the Civil War Battle of Spotsylvania in Virginia.
1914: President Woodrow Wilson, acting on a joint congressional resolution, signs a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
1961: In a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Newton N. Minow decries the majority of television programming as a “vast wasteland.”
1974: The House Judiciary Committee opens public hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Richard Nixon. (The committee ended up adopting three articles of impeachment against the president, who resigned before the full House took up any of them.)
2012: President Barack Obama declares his unequivocal support for same-sex marriage in a historic announcement that came three days after Vice President Joe Biden spoke in favor of such unions on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
1992: U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. says he wants to prevent a Dallas,-based company from acquiring Syro Steel Co. by generating a local bid for the company.
Roberta Antoniotti, director of Planned Parenthood of Mahoning Valley, Inc., says both pro-choice and anti-abortion groups should work together advocating worldwide family planning, which would end the need for abortion.
The Rev. Jay Alford, pastor of Highway Tabernacle Assembly of God in Austintown, says area Assembly of God congregations are coming together and are reaching out to other denominations to address the social problems in the inner city.
1977: Trumbull County deputy sheriffs raid the Skyway Drive-In theater in Warren Township, confiscate an X-rated movie, Russ Meyer’s “Up,” and arrest the theater’s owner, Steve Doane. Sheriff Richard Jakmas said the theater has been under investigation since January, when a complaint was filed.
The winners are announced at the Niles McKinley High School annual Festival of Arts: Joe Salerno, Kathy O’Malia, Ernie Negro and Nick Hospodor.
1967: Two Cleveland men are arrested in the armed robbery of a Lawson Dairy Store in Liberty after city police and a highway patrolman force their getaway car off the road and into a utility pole at South and Myrtle avenues.
Columbiana County Common Pleas Court decision upholding Salem’s right to erect a 300,000-gallon water tank is expected to mean an early completion of an improved water distribution system.
The 50,000th Pontiac Firebird rolls off the assembly line of Lordstown General Motors plant only 21/2 months after the model was introduced.
1942: Youngstown is “air-bombed” by 14 Civil Air Patrol planes – not with explosive or incendiary bombs, but with 600 pounds of defense leaflets designed to make the city conscious of its dangers.
The historic old “Mary” furnace of Sharon Steel, the oldest blast furnace in the district, shatters a 24-hour production record with 515 gross tons of iron.
Mahoning County’s physicians, dentists and veterinarians are being registered by the procurement and assignment service of the armed forces as part of Uncle Sam’s program to get 5,000 more medical men for the Air Corps.