Today is Sunday, May 20, the 140th day of 2018. There are 225 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1521: Ignatius of Loyola is wounded by a cannonball while defending Pamplona against the French; during his convalescence he turns to religion, becoming a leader of the Counter-Reformation and the founder of the Jesuits.

1873: Levi Strauss and tailor Jacob Davis receives a U.S. patent for men’s work pants made with copper rivets.

1899: Taxi driver Jacob German is pulled over and arrested by a police officer riding a bicycle for speeding down Manhattan’s Lexington Avenue in his electric car at 12 miles an hour at a time when the speed limit was 8 mph; it is the first recorded speeding arrest in U.S. history.

1927: Charles Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, N.Y., aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France.

1932: Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

1961: A white mob attacks a busload of Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Ala., prompting the federal government to send in U.S. marshals to restore order.

1978: Japan’s Narita International Airport begins operations after years of protests over its construction by local residents.

2008: U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy is diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Some doctors give him less than one year to live. (Kennedy died in August 2009.)

2013: An EF5 tornado strikes Moore, Okla., killing at least 24 people and flattening 1,100 homes.

Former general Thein Sein becomes the first president of Myanmar in 47 years to visit the White House, where President Barack Obama said he appreciated the Asian leader’s efforts to lead the country in “a long and sometimes difficult” path toward democracy.

Ray Manzarek, 74, a founding member of the 1960s rock group the Doors, dies in Rosenheim, Germany.

2017: President Donald Trump opens a five-stop overseas tour, his first since taking office, receiving a lavish royal welcome in Saudi Arabia.

Cloud Computing runs down Classic Empire in the final strides to win the Preakness by a head.


1993: Nearly 17,000 Ohio high school juniors, including several hundred in the Mahoning Valley, have not passed the state’s proficiency tests and may not graduate in 1994.

The Mahoning County Democratic Party overwhelmingly elects Dr. Joseph Fiorini of Campbell the county’s interim coroner, filling the post vacated by Dr. Nathan Belinky.

Michelle Price, 11, a seventh-grader at Brookfield Junior High, wins first place in the state oratory competition sponsored by the Ohio Optimists Club with her speech, “I Can Make a Difference.”

1978: Seven years after U.S. Rep. Michael Kirwan’s death, the Army Corps of Engineers is burying the Youngstown congressman’s dream, a canal linking Lake Erie to the Ohio River.

Two off-duty Youngstown policemen are under arrest after two men were shot during a fist fight outside the Holiday Bowl on Youngstown-Poland Road.

George R. Reiss, Vindicator business editor, marks his 50th year of flying with a flight in a 1926 air mail plane that visited the Youngstown Municipal Airport to mark the anniversary of air mail service here.

1968: Despite showers, nearly 3,000 people visit the Youngstown Air Reserve Base as the 910th Tactical Airlift group holds its ninth annual open house. Rosemary Romeo of Poland reigned over the activities.

More than 400 workers at Wean Manufacturing Co. in Warren return to their jobs, ending a 52-day-old strike.

Three brothers, Dennis Eshenbaugh, 21; Mike, 14, and Danny, 11, are rescued by Mill Creek Park and Youngstown police after their aluminum motor boat became lodged at the top of the Lake Newport spillway. The younger brothers couldn’t swim and if Dennis had gotten out of the boat, it would have plunged over the 70-foot dam.

1943: Two hundred people attend the musical show given by the deaf classes at Bancroft School.

The East Side Garden Club will give 1,000 tulip trees to a new Mill Creek Park addition.

James Vince, former John Carroll University gridiron star, will coach at Ursuline High School, succeeding Pat McCarty, who is going to Toledo Central Catholic.

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