YEARS AGO FOR MAY 19


Today is Saturday, May 19, the 139th day of 2018. There are 226 days left in the year.

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On this date in:

1536: Anne Boleyn, second wife of England’s King Henry VIII, is beheaded after being convicted of adultery.

1780: A mysterious darkness enveloped much of New England and part of Canada in the early afternoon.

1927: The silent movie “Wings,” a World War I drama starring Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers and Richard Arlen, premieres in San Antonio, Texas, where it was filmed. (”Wings” won the first Academy Award for best picture.)

1943: In his second wartime address to the U.S. Congress, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pledges his country’s full support in the fight against Japan; that evening, Churchill meets with President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House, where the two leaders agree on May 1, 1944, as the date for the D-Day invasion of France (the operation ended up being launched more than a month later).

1962: Actress Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday to You” to President John F. Kennedy at a Democratic fundraiser at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

1994: Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dies in New York at age 64.

2017: Sweden drops a rape investigation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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1993: Matt Cavanaugh, former Chaney High standout who played with the New England Patriots, the San Francisco 49ers, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants, will coach the tight ends at the University of Pittsburgh, working with his old college coach, Johnny Majors.

Gov. George Voinovich is seeking support from the Mahoning Valley’s Democratic lawmakers for a $2.8 million state grant to General Motors toward the retraining of 10,000 employees at the Lordstown plant, which is being converted to produce the redesigned Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunbird models in 1995.

Autopsy tests have shown no evidence of poisons or drugs in the body of Mary Theresa Girts, the first wife of Robert Girts, who is accused in the cyanide poisoning of his third wife, Diane Jones Girts.

1978: The Oldsmobile Firenza version of the Starfire is being produced at the General Motors Assembly Division of Lordstown. The Firenza had been built in Canada. The plant is running two daily 91/2-hour shifts and two 8-hour shifts Saturdays.

J.A. Anderson, chairman of the Tayor-Winfield Corp., announces termination of the 90-year-old manufacturing operation at the Mahoning Avenue plant in Warren. Some 200 employees, who have been on strike for 11 months, will lose their jobs.

Criminal lawyer F. Lee Bailey tells an audience at Stambaugh Auditorium that the U.S. would do well to emulate the British system and allow only specially trained lawyers to try cases in criminal courts.

1968: Roberta Kuebler, a Chaney High student, receives third place in botany and a ribbon from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the National Science Fair in Detroit.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Sr., father of the slain civil-rights leader, will address the Black American Labor Council Convention in Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Philip T. Bird, Liberty High School senior, and Michael M. Mature Jr., Ursuline High senior, are appointed to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

1943: Sgt. Don Curley of West Dewey Avenue is reported wounded in action and is in a base hospital in North Africa.

Marie Barrett, local aviatrix, joins the women’s division of the U.S. Army’s Air Transport Command.

The Office of Price Administration revokes gasoline rationing coupons from six Mahoning Valley gamblers who used their cars to conduct illegal lottery business.

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