Today is Sunday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2018. There are 232 days left in the year. This is Mother’s Day.


On this date in:

1568: Forces loyal to Mary, Queen of Scots are defeated by troops under her half-brother and Regent of Scotland, the Earl of Moray, in the Battle of Langside.

1607: English colonists arrive by ship at the site of what would become the Jamestown settlement in Virginia.

1918: The first U.S. airmail stamp, costing 24 cents and featuring a picture of a Curtiss JN-4 biplane, is publicly issued.

1846: The United States declares war on Mexico.

1917: Three shepherd children report seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary near Fatima, Portugal; it is the first of six such apparitions that the children claim to have witnessed.

1940: In his first speech as British prime minister, Winston Churchill tells Parliament, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”

1968: A one-day general strike takes place in France in support of student protesters.

1973: In tennis’ first so-called “Battle of the Sexes,” Bobby Riggs defeats Margaret Court 6-2, 6-1 in Ramona, Calif. (Billie Jean King soundly defeated Riggs at the Houston Astrodome in September.)

1978: Pope John Paul II is shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter’s Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca.

1985: A confrontation between Philadelphia authorities and the radical group MOVE ends as police drop a bomb onto the group’s row house, igniting a fire that kills 11 people and destroys 61 homes.

1994: President Bill Clinton nominates federal appeals Judge Stephen G. Breyer to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Harry A. Blackmun; Breyer went on to win Senate confirmation.

2008: An embattled Hillary Rodham Clinton trounces Barack Obama in the West Virginia Democratic primary.

2013: President Barack Obama tries to swat down a pair of brewing controversies, denouncing as “outrageous” the targeting of conservative political groups by the IRS but angrily denying any administration cover-up after the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012.

2013: Donald Trump uses his first commencement address as president to urge graduates of Liberty University, a Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia, to follow their convictions, prepare to face criticism and relish the opportunity to be an “outsider,” saying, “It’s the outsiders who change the world.”


1993: U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., D-Poland, asks the General Services Administration to study the need for a second Federal Courthouse in Youngstown.

Youngstown Municipal Judge Louis K. Levy asks the FBI to determine if probation officers in his court acted illegally in dealing with probationers who were sent to Florida for substance abuse treatment.

Bishop James W. Malone, whose clerical career spans the 50-year life of the Youngstown Diocese, says the biggest change he has seen since his days as a seminarian when the diocese was formed is the increasing involvement of the laity in the church.

1978: Youngstown Mayor J. Phillip Richley and Bishop James W. Malone testify before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust and monopolies in Washington, D.C., on that the acquisition of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. by Lykes led to the company’s downfall.

Four Youngstown firemen escape injury when a section of roof collapses at the Ace Office Desk Co. on East Indianola Ave., in yet another suspicious fire.

A Fort Lauderdale pilot ditches a twin-engine cargo plane in the Ohio River near Shippingport. The pilot and two other Fort Lauderdale men were rescued by a tug boat crew and suffered minor injuries. All but one wing tip of the Convair 440 was submerged.

1968: Youngstown Mayor Anthony B. Flask and Mayor M.E. Sensenbrenner of Columbus are organizing an Ohio Mayors-for-Humphrey Committee. Both will be delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

A former Youngstown resident, Carroll Harris, dies in a Newark, Ohio, hospital of a stroke a day after his mother, Elizabeth Calvin, Auburndale Avenue, died of a heart attack at a coffee shop on her way home after visiting him.

The Mount Holyoke Alumnae Club at its annual luncheon at the New Castle home of Mrs. Paris Shoaf, heard Mrs. William Fowler Jr. review the book, “Why I Recommend a Woman’s College Today.”

1943: High-school seniors from six Mahoning County draft board areas will train in the Army, Navy or Marines a week after they get their diplomas.

The average Youngstowner had $188 more to spend last year, compared to the previous year. The per capita buying power increased from $907 in 1941 to $1,095 in 1942.

Betty Mediate and Agnes Uhrin, Memorial High School seniors, will share the leading roles in the class play, “Plane Crazy.” Male leads will be Richard Jeren and Albert Ortenzio.

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