Today is Sunday, May 6, the 126th day of 2018. There are 239 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1527: Unpaid troops loyal to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V attack Rome, forcing Pope Clement VII to flee to safety; some scholars mark the ensuing sack of the city as the end of the Renaissance in Italy.
1757: During the Seven Years’ War, Prussian troops under King Frederick II force Austrian soldiers to retreat in the Battle of Prague. (Prussia then lay siege to Prague, but ultimately failed to take the city.)
1840: The world’s first adhesive postage stamp, the “Penny Black,” is first used in Great Britain.
1889: The Paris Exposition formally opens, featuring the just-completed Eiffel Tower.
1910: Britain’s Edwardian era ends with the death of King Edward VII; he is succeeded by George V.
1935: The Works Progress Administration begins operating under an executive order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1993: Members of a group of disabled workers say they don’t want to come to downtown Youngstown to conduct business with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, and they picket outside the Higbee Building to protest Youngstown’s drive to have state offices moved downtown.
A Broadway touring company presents “The Phantom of the Opera” at the State Theater in Cleveland, and will then move to Pittsburgh for a run from July 24 through Sept. 25.
Mahoning National Bank is getting into the credit card business for the first time, introducing a new MasterCard and Visa to the local market that carries a fixed annual interest rate of 11.86 percent.
1978: Mahoning County deputies and those from Licking County, Ohio, meet to discuss possible similarities between the murders in April of farmer John Vodhanel, 63, in Milton Township and Jenkin Jones, 77, a repairman in a rural area outside Columbus.
A 3 a.m. shooting at the Gentleman’s Parlor on Roemer Boulevard in Farrell, Pa., sends three men to area hospitals, including one in critical condition.
The East Ohio Gas Co. plans to spend $2.6 million on improvements in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, where the company has 93,000 and 48,000 customers respectively.
1968: Mahoning Valley farmers express fear that below-freezing temperatures may have damaged many spring crops beyond salvation.
Consultants find the Public Library’s main building in Wick Avenue is poorly located, unadaptable to modern library service and should be moved to the central business district.
Nearly 300 children attending religious classes at Rodef Sholom Temple at Elm and Woodbine streets escape injury when a fire broke out in the education wing. Firemen believe children were playing with matches.
1943: Youngstown is having a potato famine with wholesalers’ supplies depleted and little hope of shipments from Maine, Michigan, the South or West Coast. The city would normally be getting 15 to 20 carloads a week of potatoes at this time of year.
Operating Berlin and Milton Reservoirs to keep the Mahoning River’s water flow and temperature at Youngstown constant in hot months and assure industries maximum cooling efficiency is discussed by U.S. Army Engineers.
Navy Department tells Mr. and Mrs. T. Howard Jones of New Castle, Pa., that their son, Ensign Thomas Jones, was killed in a plane crash at the naval air station in Atlantic City.
The temperature reaches 86 degrees, one of the warmest May 6ths on record in Youngstown.