Today is Thursday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2018. There are 242 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1515: Pope Leo X promulgates the bull “Inter sollicitudines” allowing the Catholic Church to review and censor books.

1937: Margaret Mitchell wins the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, “Gone with the Wind.”

1948: The Supreme Court, in Shelley v. Kraemer, rules that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks or members of other racial groups are legally unenforceable.

1978: Spam email is born as Gary Thuerk, a marketing executive for the Digital Equipment Corp., transmits an unsolicited sales pitch for a new line of computers to 400 prospective customers on ARPANET, a precursor to the internet.

1979: Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher is chosen to become Britain’s first female prime minister as the Tories oust the incumbent Labour government in parliamentary elections.

1999: Some 70 tornadoes roar across Oklahoma and Kansas, killing 46 people and injuring hundreds.

2013: President Barack Obama casts Mexico as a nation ready to take “its rightful place in the world” and move past the drug battles and violence that had defined its relationship with the U.S.


1993: The Rev. Fred A. Roberts Sr., 65, pastor of Omega Church of God in Campbell, is hospitalized with stab wounds and his wife, Mamie, 68, is dead. Their son, Fred A. Roberts Jr., 24, is charged with aggravated murder and attempted murder.

Youngstown State University President Leslie Cochran and Youngstown Schools Superintendent Alfred Tutela want to form a closer, more active working relationship between YSU and city schools, possibly resulting in shared programming.

U.S. Rep. James A Traficant Jr. tells the Maple- wood school board he doesn’t know how he would vote if the issue of restoring prayer to public high-school graduation ceremonies came to the House floor because there are “differing opinions” on the issue.

1978: In a turnabout, the Ecumenical Coalition of the Mahoning Valley urges the Justice Department to approve a merger of the Lykes and LTV corporations, provided the companies are required to sell idle lines at the Campbell Works of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.

Radiators were punctured, brake lines cut and ignition wires slashed on 41 vehicles by vandals who broke into Youngstown’s Street Department yards at 1990 Teamsters Drive.

Matt Cavanaugh, who played football at Chaney High in Youngstown and quarterback at the University of Pittsburgh, tells The Vindicator’s Chuck Perazich that he was somewhat surprised to be selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the NFL draft. Al Pitts, a Hubbard High grad who played at Michigan State, was drafted by the Browns.

1968: Ray C. Fryer, 37, of Warren is crushed to death beneath a piano after slipping down a stairway while moving the piano at the Clarence Robinson Center on Oak Hill Avenue.

Roy Schoonover of Struthers places fifth in an oratorical contest by the Ohio Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Mrs. Novello Jones Freed, well-known choir director, pianist and organist, dies. She was the organist of Davis-Velker Funeral Home.

1943: Norman W. Adams of Warren will be the next governor of the 158th district of Rotary after his nomination during a conference at the Hotel Pick-Ohio attended by more than 500 delegates.

Capturing 12 events and sweeping all three places in the shot put, Coach Ray Overturf’s Salem High thinclads overwhelm Struthers, 81-37, in a dual meet at Reilly Stadium.

Prints of birds by artist and naturalist John James Audubon are on display at the Butler Institute of American Art.

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