Today is Thursday, May 17, the 137th day of 2018. There are 228 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1536: Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declares the marriage of England’s King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn invalid after she failed to produce a male heir; Boleyn is executed two days later.

1792: The New York Stock Exchange has its beginnings as a group of brokers meet under a tree on Wall Street and sign the Buttonwood Agreement.

1875: The first Kentucky Derby is run; the winner is Aristides, ridden by Oliver Lewis.

1954: A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court hands down its Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision, which holds that racially segregated public schools are inherently unequal, and therefore unconstitutional.

1973: A special committee convened by the U.S. Senate begins its televised hearings into the Watergate scandal.

1996: President Bill Clinton signs a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in.

2004: Massachusetts becomes the first state to legalize same-sex marriages.

2017: The Justice Department appoints former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal probe into potential coordination between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 presidential election.


1993: Mahoning Valley bicycling enthusiasts want planning officials to accommodate the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists in the design of suburban residential and shopping areas.

Austintown police warn Fitch High School students that they will face criminal charges if a scavenger hunt results in theft or vandalism, as it did in 1992 when sought-after items included a Cadillac hood ornament, “welcome-to” signs and construction lights.

Gene Bianco, president of United Steelworkers Local 1197, says Sharon Steel Corp. has no right to ship steel produced by unpaid employees and promises a human blockade if an attempt is made to transport stockpiled steel from its Farrell mill.

A young bear leads a game warden, police, reporters and the curios on a chase from Youngstown’s North Side through the East Side, where pursuers lost its trail as it presumably headed back to Pennsylvania.

1978: Speaking at the Youngstown District Kfar Silver Scholarship program at Rodef Sholom Temple, Dr. Joseph P. Sternstein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, says that linking the sale of jet fighters to Israel to a simultaneous sale of planes to Egypt and Saudi Arabia amounted to “a betrayal of the moral credibility of the U.S.”

Over the objection of Warren Board of Education member Catherine Swan, the full board names 45 members to a school desegregation commission.

The Ohio Oil and Gas Association reports that 275 new gas and oil wells were completed in Ohio during April, with all but 12 successful.

1968: The Austintown Zoning Commission recommends disapproval of a zone change request to establish a trailer park on East County Line Road for 64 mobile homes.

Eleven young men and women are honored as “all-star officers” at the 14th annual Youngstown Area l Junior Achievement Banquet: Donald Clontz, Marilyn Kacar, Bill Babinchak, Joe Zarlenga, Frances Doland, Art Ward, Rosemary Flannery, John McNab, Janet Fishel, Mark Doland and Clifford M. Shipp III. Rita Timko was named “Miss J.A. 1968.”

1943: The Youngstown Ministerial Association votes to investigate the dismissal of Police Sgt. William J. Davis as chief of the vice squad, suggesting that politics may be involved.

Liquor ration books are being issued to people whose names begin with A or B. Rationing is one pint per person.

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