Today is Tuesday, May 1, the 121st day of 2018. There are 244 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1898: Commodore George Dewey gives the command, “You may fire when you are ready, Gridley,” as an American naval force destroyed a Spanish squadron in Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.

1707: Great Britain is created as a treaty merging England and Scotland takes effect.

1893: The World’s Columbian Exposition, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the Western Hemisphere, opens to the public in Chicago, beginning a six-month run.

1918: TV personality Jack Paar, the second host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” is born in Canton, Ohio.

1931: New York’s 102-story Empire State Building is dedicated.

1967: Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. (They divorced in 1973.) more than half a million Tutsis. (Kambanda was later sentenced to life in prison.)

2011: President Barack Obama announces the death of Osama bin Laden during a U.S. commando operation.


1993: Most bank officials, student groups and university officials in Ohio oppose President Bill Clinton’s plan to shift the administration of student loans from banks and financial institutions to universities. William Collins, financial aid director at Youngstown State University, says he would have to hire at least two more clerks under Clinton’s plan.

Legendary showman John Kenley, who brought stars to the Kenley Players at the W. D. Packard Music Hall in Warren for 20 years, is honored during an evening of music attended by 500 people, with proceeds going toward upkeep of the music hall. Kenley notes that ticket prices began at 99 cents and $2.50 and never exceeded $6.

Assistant superintendent of Canfield schools Joe Rottenborn and Jeanie Eller, an Arizona phonics expert and advocate of phonics-intensive education over “whole language,” debate methods for teaching reading during a seminar hosted by radio talk-show host Dan Ryan at Canfield High. Two parents said they transferred their children from public to parochial schools over the issue.

1978: Campbell police arrest two teen boys suspected of using toy guns in the robbery of the Lawson Dairy store at 773 McCartney Road.

Donald Sharpe is installed as governor of Lodge 1673 of the Youngstown Loyal Order of the Moose.

Sixteen members of the Belles and Beaus hand-bell choir at Canfield High will have a series of fundraising events as they prepare for a June 15 trip to England, where they will perform and tour.

1968: Production of large-caliber ammunition for the Vietnam War will begin by August at the Ravenna Arsenal.

Concerned with South Side living conditions, four clergymen request permission from the board of education to develop protected playground areas for children three to seven years of age. They are: Revs. Lonnie Simon, George Bailey, Warner Holmgren and William Picard.

Special teaching arrangements are needed for “behaviorally disturbed” pupils in Youngstown’s public schools, Supt. Woodrow W. Zinser tells South High School district residents.

1943: Shoppers jam Youngstown markets in a last-minute rush to spend expiring ration points.

Olga Kragel, 12, of Madison School wins the county spelling bee championship by spelling the word “omnibuses” correctly. Jerry Reich of Hillman School was runner-up.

Morning dawns with snow on the ground in outlying areas and pools of water were covered with ice.

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