Today is Wednesday, May 16, the 136th day of 2018. There are 229 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1770: Marie Antoinette, age 14, marries the future King Louis XVI of France, who is 15.

1868: At the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson, 35 out of 54 senators vote to find Johnson guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors” over his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, falling one vote short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict; the trial would end 10 days later after two other articles of impeachment went down to defeat.

1920: Joan of Arc is canonized by Pope Benedict XV.

1939: The federal government begins its first food-stamp program in Rochester, N.Y.

1975: Japanese climber Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

1991: Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress as she lauds U.S.-British cooperation in the Persian Gulf War.

2017: The White House issues a furious denial after a report that President Donald Trump personally appealed to FBI Director James Comey to abandon the bureau’s investigation into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.


1993: Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago is joined by 15 archbishops and bishops from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Minnesota at St. Columba Cathedral to help Bishop James W. Malone celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Youngstown Diocese.

State Rep. Ronald Gerberry, D-Austintown, introduces a bill providing heavy penalties for those who tamper with products on the shelf or with the public water supply or claim to have done so in a way that could cause panic.

Warren School Superintendent Louis Cardamone says he will not accept a 2 percent increase in his $83,790 salary that the Board of Education is expected to offer.

1978: Members of the Save Our Silsby Committee announce they have been able to buy back East Liverpool’s 1896 Silsby steam-powered fire pumper that was sold by Mayor H.A. Tullis to two Geauga County men.

Many Youngstown City Hall employees spend the hour between 4 and 5 p.m. grumbling, sitting at their desks or trying to look busy at the end of the first 8-hour workday ordered by Mayor J. Phillip Richley. City hall employees had been working from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour off for lunch.

More than 200 production and maintenance workers at Ajax Magnethermic Corp. in Warren go on strike.

1968: Pfc. William J. Hughes, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Hughes of Salem, drowns when his unit is attacked while on river patrol in South Vietnam.

Atty. Elton W. Luckhart easily wins re-election to his fifth two-year term as chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Central and Executive committees.

The financial plight of the Youngstown schools was heard from every side as local officials and taxpayers appeared before an Ohio House of Representatives Bipartisan Select Committee on Tax Revision. Youngstown accountant Abe Harshman drew surprise when he advocated abolishing the tangible personal property tax in favor of a graduated state income tax.

1943: The Mosquito Creek Reservoir will stretch about 12 miles in northern Trumbull County, making it bigger than Berlin, dwarfing Meander and Milton and making it second only to Pymatuning in the area.

Four sons of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Tomasino of Lowellville are serving in the Army: Pvt. Dom Tomasino, Pvt. Tony Tomasino, Corp. Charles Tomasino and Pfc. Guy Tomasino.

Leon A. Beeghly, president of Standard Slag Co., is re-elected director of the American Businessmen’s Research Foundation of Chicago.

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