Today is Tuesday, May 8, the 128th day of 2018. There are 237 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1429: The Siege of Orleans during the Hundred Years’ War ends as English troops withdraw after being defeated by French forces under Joan of Arc.

1794: Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, is executed on the guillotine during France’s Reign of Terror.

1921: Sweden’s Parliament abolishes the death penalty.

1958: Vice President Richard Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by anti-American protesters in Lima, Peru.

1978: David R. Berkowitz pleads guilty in a Brooklyn courtroom to murder, attempted murder and assault in connection with the “Son of Sam” shootings that claimed six lives and terrified New Yorkers.

1984: The Soviet Union says it will boycott the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

2008: Country music star Eddy Arnold dies in Nashville at age 89, a week before his 90th birthday.

2013: Jeanne Cooper, the enduring soap opera star who had played grande dame Katherine Chancellor for nearly four decades on “The Young and the Restless,” dies in Los Angeles at age 84.


1993: The Mahoning Avenue Bridge, a main artery into downtown, will be closed in early 1994 for as much as 18 months for construction of a $4 million replacement.

Mahoning County prosecutors dismiss drug charges against a Youngstown man after Common Pleas Judge Michael Gerchak rules that cocaine was found on the man during an unconstitutional search. Police were searching everyone entering Midnight Basketball games sponsored by the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority.

U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, throws important support to U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.’s effort to ban smoking in all federal buildings, agreeing to co-sponsor Traficant’s bill.

1978: Members of Youngstown city’s six employee unions, including those of the safety forces, walk out on strike over wages.

Smoke fills the Youngstown City Jail building after fire breaks out in the second floor of the Hong Kong Restaurant on Phelps Street, at the rear of the police department and City Hall. Fifteen prisoners were moved away from the heaviest smoke.

Lou Holtz, head football coach at the University of Arkansas, will be the guest speaker when the Canfield Athletic Boosters honor the school’s athletes at the annual All-Sports Banquet at the Maronite Center.

1968: The Most Rev. James W. Malone, a native of Youngstown, is named by Pope Paul VI the bishop of the Youngstown diocese, succeeding the late Bishop Emmet M. Walsh.

U.S. Rep. Michael Kirwan easily wins the Democratic nomination for a 17th term in Congress in the 19th District, defeating Robert Hagan and Thomas Gilmartin.

Trumbull County electors set a voting record for a primary when 48,968 voters turn out – 30,711 Democrats and 18,257 Republicans.

1943: The OPA announces two developments aimed at breaking up the black market in Youngstown: farmers and others violating ceiling prices on poultry face criminal prosecution and new, strict price ceilings will be announced.

Thieves who stole a rabbit and two guinea pigs from the laboratory at St. Elizabeth Hospital are warned by Sister M. Germaine, hospital superintendent, that they all have been inoculated with serious diseases.

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