Today is Friday, May 25, the 145th day of 2018. There are 220 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1521: Martin Luther is branded a heretic and has his writings banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs.

1787: The Constitutional Convention begins at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia after enough delegates show up for a quorum.

1935: Babe Ruth hits his last three career home runs – Nos. 712, 713 and 714 – for the Boston Braves in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (The Pirates won, 11-7.)

1961: President John F. Kennedy told Congress: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”

1968: The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is dedicated by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Interior Secretary Stewart Udall.

1986: An estimated 7 million Americans join “Hands Across America” to raise money for the nation’s hungry and homeless.

1992: Jay Leno debuts as host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” succeeding Johnny Carson.

2017: Surrounded by stone-faced allies, President Donald Trump rebukes fellow NATO members for failing to meet the military alliance’s financial benchmarks.


1993: Youngstown Police Chief Randall Wellington institutes a fourth shift – a “power shift” from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. – that will improve response times during peak crime hours.

Lenny Wilkens, whose 869 NBA coaching wins is second only to Red Auerbach’s 938, resigns as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers a week after the team was knocked out of the playoffs by the Chicago Bulls.

U.S. Rep. Ron Klink, a Jeannette, Pa., Democrat, tells about 75 people at a town-hall meeting at New Castle, Pa., says he’s at odds with President Clinton on two pieces of legislation, a deficit-reduction bill that includes an energy tax and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

1978: The Coalition of Concerned Minority Organizations calls on the Office of Revenue Sharing to block Warren from spending its allocation of $700,000 because the city does not intend to hire blacks in the fire department.

Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. could be forced into bankruptcy within a month if the Justice Department blocks the proposed merger of LTV Corp. and Lykes Corp., sources say.

Captain Cindy Burazar and Coach Pauline Noe are pictured admiring the state championship trophy won by the Youngstown State University girls softball team. It is the first title in a women’s sport for a YSU team.

1968: Nearly 1,000 people at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Youngstown hear the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr., father of the slain civil-rights leader, say, “You who supported my son don’t have to feel bad. Not so those who sat in the chair of apathy. He would have been alive and here tonight if they had spoken.”

Mahoning County’s offer to engineering department employees, which the union rejected, was fair, County Engineer Samuel Gould Jr. says. A typical laborer would earn $6,136 and benefits a year.

David Miller of David Anderson High School in Lisbon is valedictorian with a 3.94 average and Carl Crihfield is salutatorian with a 3.938 average.

1943: The “American Rurh Valley,” which extends along the Mahoning Valley from Warren to Lowellville will be blacked out when the Civilian Defense sirens sound, sometime between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Patrolman Thomas Lonesome, oldest member of the Youngstown Police Department, resigns, ending a 47-year career at the age of 76.

Certificates of graduation are presented to 150 auxiliary firemen, bringing the number of auxiliary firemen to 250.

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