Today is Wednesday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2018. There are 222 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1430: Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians, who sell her to the English.

1788: South Carolina becomes the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1915: Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary during World War I.

1934: Bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker are shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, La.

1967: Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping, an action which helped precipitate war between Israel and its Arab neighbors the following month.

1984: Surgeon General C. Everett Koop issues a report claiming “very solid” evidence linking cigarette smoke to lung disease in nonsmokers.

2008: Hillary Rodham Clinton quickly apologizes after citing the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy as a reason to remain in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination despite increasingly long odds.

2013:. The Boy Scouts of America throws open its ranks to gay Scouts but not to gay Scout leaders.

2017: Roger Moore, star of seven James Bond films, dies in Switzerland at age 89.


1993: Youngstown’s 23,000 Time Warner customers will have service upgraded with the installation of fiber optic cable. A revolution in cable service would allow consumers to not only watch television, but to access an encyclopedia or make travel arrangements.

James Sheppard, new president of Penn-Ohio College in Youngstown, has restructured the 52-year-old institution’s curriculum and classes and refurbished its building at 3517 Market St.

Lake Newport is little more than a large mud hole due to silt choking its south end, but Mill Creek Park authorities say the earliest the lake could be dredged is 1994.

1978: A high-level spokesman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concedes federal anti-pollution standards had contributed substantially to the problems of the steel industry.

Officials of LTV Corp. and Lykes Corp. will attempt to persuade U.S. Attorney General Griffin B. Bell to overrule a staff report that urges the Justice Department to oppose the merger of the two companies.

Coach Jim Zarlenga leads his South High Warriors to third-straight City Series championship.

Chaney High’s Ron Calcagni, quarterback of the Arkansas Razorbacks, will be featured in a Wide World of Sports segment on spring practice.

1968: About 200 Youngstown State University students march on campus to call attention to a list of demands presented to President Albert Pugsley. Among them: the retention of Ron Daniels as a social science instructor, the hiring of more Negro faculty, reinstatement of an installment plan for paying tuition, more Negro instructors and speakers and courses on Afro-American history and culture.

An ailing 71-year-old physician, Dr. Bernard H. Dreiling, and his 60-year-old housekeeper, Miss Ethel Craddock, are bound and gagged at his Ellsworth Township home by three robbers who fled with $200 and other valuables.

Superintendent G.R. Mehl presides over the 12th annual scholarship banquet at Poland Seminary High School. Seniors honored were Jeremy Burdge, Marlo Damman, Cherl Dimoff, Linda Fisher and Jan Rochow.

1943: Youngstown Police Chief Andrew Przelomski warns those who violate blackout regulations during a Civilian Defense drill will be arrested and prosecuted.

Mrs. William Howard Taft, who saw her husband become president and chief justice and one of her sons become a senator, dies at 81.

Married nurses are eligible for service with the armed forces under a new government ruling, announces the Red Cross Nurses Recruiting Committee.

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