Today is Monday, May 7, the 127th day of 2018. There are 238 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1763: Pontiac, chief of the Ottawa Indians, attempts to lead a sneak attack on British-held Fort Detroit, but is foiled because the British had been tipped off in advance.
1939: Germany and Italy announces a military and political alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis.
1945: Germany signs an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims, France, ending its role in World War II.
1975: President Gerald R. Ford formally declares an end to the “Vietnam era.” In Ho Chi Minh City – formerly Saigon – the Viet Cong celebrates its takeover.
1984: A $180 million out-of-court settlement is announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who said they’d been injured by exposure to the defoliant.
1993: Following three recent reports of crimes against female students – including one that turned out to be a bogus claim of rape – Youngstown State University is considering reinstating the Women’s Resource Center, which had its $39,000 funding cut from the budget in the fall.
Three students receive top awards at the 23rd annual banquet of the Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown: Lakleesha Wilson, a seventh- grader at Princeton Junior High; Randy Spencer, a junior at South High, and Karla Handey, a sixth-grader at Bennett Elementary.
Liberty Township police arrest a 12-year-old middle-school student at gunpoint after he led officers on a chase while driving a commercial delivery van. The boy and a 7-year-old brother had been left home alone. Police do not know how he came to be driving he van.
1978: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is holding and intends to destroy a 17th century Remington single-shot pistol that the BATF says is illegal because it was modified to fire a shotgun shell. Gun collector Glenn Capps of Berlin Center says the pistol is an antique and should be returned to him rather than destroyed.
Mary Ann Watson, an eighth-grader at Canfield Middle School, wins The Vindicator Spelling Bee, which had a field of 146 spellers at the South High Field House.
Dr. Aryeh Nesher, vice president of Haifa University in Israel will speak at an interfaith Holocaust memorial ceremony at Youngstown State University.
1968: Dr. Rembert Stokes, president of Wilberforce University at Xenia, tells those attending the Youngstown United Negro College Fund luncheon at the Mural Room that militant “black power” will run its course in a few years as educational and economic opportunities will improve for Negroes.
Identical triplets born in St. Elizabeth Hospital in March with a combined weight of less than 10 pounds are now at home with Mr. and Mrs. Howard Holes, Hammaker Avenue.
Plans are being made to feed and arrange locally for some 1,500 participants in one leg of the Poor People’s March on Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
1943: In commemoration of Mothers’ Day, Patricia Stambaugh, contralto, will sing “For My Mother” by Malotte on a program heard over station WKBN.
Pfc. George Nicholas, Brookfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Nicholas, is awarded the Purple Heart posthumously. He was killed in the Southwest Pacific.
McKelvey’s 22nd anniversary sale has Helena Rubenstein’s “Heaven Scent” cologne for $1.95; Life Stride shoes for $5.50; Rite Fit dresses, 2 for $11, and ladies spring coats and suits for $10.