Today is Wednesday, May 9, the 129th day of 2018. There are 236 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1754: A political cartoon in Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette depicts a snake cut into eight pieces, each section representing a part of the American colonies; the caption reads, “JOIN, or DIE.”

1914: President Woodrow Wilson, acting on a joint congressional resolution, signs a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

1945: With World War II in Europe at an end, Soviet forces liberate Czechoslovakia from Nazi occupation.

1958: “Vertigo,” Alfred Hitchcock’s eerie thriller starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, premieres in San Francisco, the movie’s setting.

1961: In a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Newton N. Minow decries the majority of television programming as a “vast wasteland.”

1980: Thirty-five people are killed when a freighter rams the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida, causing a 1,400-foot section of the southbound span to collapse.

1994: South Africa’s newly elected parliament chooses Nelson Mandela to be the country’s first black president.

2012: President Barack Obama declares his unequivocal support for same-sex marriage in a historic announcement that comes three days after Vice President Joe Biden spoke in favor of such unions on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

2017: President Donald Trump abruptly fires FBI Director James Comey.


1993: The water exercise class at the Warren YWCA is named the Best Water Fitness Program in Ohio for 1993 and 15th best in the country by the U.S. Water Fitness Association.

Trumbull County Family Court judges Thomas Norton and Thomas Schubert launch an internal investigation into the propriety of two court probation officers taking free trips to Florida, where two local juveniles were placed in treatment centers.

The Youngstown Park and Recreation Commission has totaled up the needed repairs and improvements to city parks, and the total is $6.5 million. Gibson Field alone, where 800 kids play Little League baseball and where wooden bleachers are rotted, would need $256,000 in work.

1978: Some 1,900 Youngstown city employees – including police and firefighters – end a 17-hour strike after winning 35-cent-per-hour raises, which will cost the city $1.2 million a year.

Timothy and Christopher Rodriquez, Siamese twin boys born Feb. 17 at North Side Hospital, die in Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital.

Some 30 Mahoning County state legislators, businessmen and civic leaders on a 40-mile bus tour of bridges have to walk across two bridges on Turner Road.

1968: Willis B. Boyer, a former Youngstowner who attended The Rayen School when his father was comptroller of Republic, is named president of Republic Steel Corp., the nation’s third-largest steel producer

A wave of voting against issues swept most of those in Mahoning County down to defeat including a 12-mill Youngstown school levy, county vocational school levy, TB levy and income tax hikes in Campbell and Struthers.

Youngstown Police Department’s juvenile division revealed it may have solved the long series of purse snatchings in the McGuffey Plaza with the arrest of four teenagers, all problem students. They are age 13 to 16.

1943: A new 600-foot ore boat launched in the River Rouge near Detroit is named for Frank Purnell, president of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.

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