Today is Friday, May 26, the 146th day of 2017. There are 219 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1521: Martin Luther is banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings.

1868: The impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ends with his acquittal on remaining charges.

1917: A tornado in central Illinois kills 101 people, mostly in the Mattoon-Charleston area.

1972: President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in Moscow. (The U.S. withdrew from the treaty in 2002.)

1977: George Willig scales the outside of the South Tower of New York’s World Trade Center. He was arrested at the top of the 110-story building.

2012: Gruesome video posted online show rows of dead Syrian children lying in a mosque in Houla, haunting images of what activists called one of the deadliest regime attacks yet in Syria’s 14-month-old uprising.


1992: A limousine pulling into line for the Memorial Day parade in New Castle goes out of control injuring 13 people, three seriously.

The FBI interrupts an attempt by a Youngstown-area gang attempting to cut through the roof of a Charlotte, N.C., bank. Arrested are Bernard Altshuler, 58, and Amil A. Dinsio, 35; three others are being sought.

John Gates, a former Youngstown resident and leader of the American Communist Party before he split from the organization in 1958, dies of heart disease at 78 in Miami. He was one of the party leaders convicted in the first trial of U.S. Communists accused of attempting to overthrow the government, a charge he denied.

1977: U.S. District Judge Thomas Lambros rules Youngstown’s ordinance placing restrictions on the operation of abortion clinics in the city is unduly restrictive and unconstitutional.

Youngstown moves ahead on a plan for International Leased Housing to build a 16-story, 173-apartment high rise downtown to house senior citizens. The building would cost $3 million.

An additional 539 people are added to Mahoning County’s welfare rolls in April bringing the total number of people being served to 22,382.

1967: Bruce A. Manton, 21, a 1963 graduate of The Rayen School and son of the Rev. Albert Manton, pastor of Belmont Methodist Church, is reported killed by enemy rifle fire while treating wounded servicemen in Quan Tri Province, Vietnam.

State Sen. Oliver Ocasek of Akron advises teachers against striking, saying the General Assembly is working on financial relief for Ohio educators.

Youngstown area residents get a brilliant display of Northern Lights. Leo Grandmontagne of the Youngstown Astronomy Club says the display can’t be predicted.

1942: Dolores Hardy, Youngstown’s entrant in the national spelling bee, is eliminated in the ninth round by misspelling “pliant.”

Civilian Defense wardens are distributing 75,000 cards in Mahoning County telling residents what men, women and children are expected to do in the event of an air-raid alert.

Three of United Air Lines’ five daily flights at Youngstown Municipal Airport have been discontinued and two of Pennsylvania-Central Airlines’ four flights are expected to be dropped when planes are turned over to the Army.

The War Production Board reports that safety razor manufacturers have begun producing a “victory razor” with a zinc cap and plastic handle. Use of copper in razors is banned.

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