YEARS AGO FOR MAY 28


Today is Monday, May 28, the 148th day of 2018. There are 217 days left in the year. This is the Memorial Day observance.

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On this date in:

1912: The Senate Commerce Committee issues its report on the Titanic disaster that cites a “state of absolute unpreparedness,” improperly tested safety equipment and an “indifference to danger” as some of the causes of an “unnecessary tragedy.”

1937: President Franklin D. Roosevelt pushes a button in Washington signaling that vehicular traffic can begin crossing the just-opened Golden Gate Bridge in California.

1968: “Creedence Clearwater Revival,” the band’s debut album, is released by Fantasy Records.

1977: 165 people are killed when fire races through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky.

1998: Comic actor Phil Hartman, 49, of “Saturday Night Live” and “NewsRadio” fame is shot to death at his home in Encino, Calif., by his wife, Brynn, who then killed herself.

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1993: The U.S. House passes President Bill Clinton’s deficit reduction and tax increase bill 219-213, with two Ohio Democrats joining Republican opponents: U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. of Poland and David Mann of Cincinnati.

A Struthers couple, John and Elizabeth Gender, both 53, will receive $35,000 in cash and $500 a month for as long as either lives, under a settlement of an $8 million police brutality suit the couple filed against Boardman police. Trustees say the settlement is not an admission of guilt.

More than 175 Howland Township residents attend a hearing at the middle school, some expressing concerns about ODOT’s proposed widening of state Route 46 between North Road and U.S. Route 422.

1978: Robert Powell, owner of Audiac Communications of Warren, tells Trumbull County Prosecutor J. Walter Dragelevich that the attorney-client conference room at the Trumbull County Jail has had an electronic eavesdropping device since he installed it in 1966 at the request of former Sheriff Robert W. Barnett.

On Memorial Day, Frances Fair of New Castle, Pa., will be remembering her husband, Tech Sgt. James E. Fair who was killed by a Japanese sniper during World War II at the age of 28 and her son, Ronald, a Marine Corps staff sergeant, who died when his helicopter went down in the sea off the coast of Vietnam in 1968, also at age 28.

The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department puts a new boat into service at Berlin Reservoir, giving the department two patrols for the holiday weekend.

1968: The 17-year cicada, known as a locust, emerges in Mahoning County and will do considerable damage to fruit and forest trees.

Police in Biloxi, Miss., report that an amusement park worker from Niles, Ohio, wanted on charges of rape, walked up to shooting gallery, grabbed a 22-caliber rifle and killed himself.

The Poland Community Memorial Association will begin its Memorial Day observation with a parade from the high school to Riverside Drive. Mark Westerman is parade marshal.

1943: Because of a shortage of gasoline in the east and the curtailment of bus operations ordered by the Office of Defense Transportation, Penn-Ohio Coach Lines announces no tickets to points east will be available until June 2.

Theodore Williams Sr. and his wife, Virginia, of 902 Market St. plead guilty to two first-degree manslaughter charges in the deaths of two of their five children who were left home alone when fire broke out. Sentencing will follow a probation report.

Robert Ross is appointed chief air-raid warden for Youngstown to succeed Arthur Williams, who resigned to campaign for mayor.

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