Years Ago

Today is Monday, May 25, the 145th day of 2015. There are 220 days left in the year. This is the Memorial Day observance.


On this date in:

1895: Playwright Oscar Wilde is convicted of a morals charge in London; he was sentenced to two years in prison.

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.)

1942: U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Stilwell, frustrated over being driven out of Burma by Japanese troops during World War II, tells reporters in Delhi, India: “I claim we got a hell of a beating.”

1946: Transjordan (now Jordan) becomes a kingdom as it proclaims its new monarch, Abdullah I.

1959: The U.S. Supreme Court, in State Athletic Commission v. Dorsey, strikes down a Louisiana law prohibiting interracial boxing matches. (The case had been brought by Joseph Dorsey Jr., a black professional boxer.)


1990: Amtrak’s passenger service probably will not begin in Youngstown by a July target date because Amtrak has not been able to reach an agreement with Conrail for the use of a switching area near Cleveland.

Anthony Rogers and Charlene Canty are featured in the Puccini opera “Gianni Schicchi” being presented in Ford Auditorium of the Bliss Recital Hall at Youngstown State University.

NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will hold a hearing to determine whether the transfer of ownership of the San Francisco 49ers from Edward DeBartolo Jr. to his father’s $1.4 billion real estate firm violated NFL bylaws,

1975: Youngstown district steel firms have to raise $3.5 billion to improve their aging mills over the next nine years.

John Gocala, a three-year member of the Youngstown Police Department vice squad, is named 1974 policeman of the year at the Mahoning County police banquet, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Deputy Sheriffs, Lodge 1, at the Callamar Restaurant.

WMMS and the Cleveland Press present the World Series of Rock at Cleveland Stadium featuring Chicago and The Beach Boys. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the gate.

1965: Slain Youngstown racketeer Vince DeNiro deposited $280,000 in a checking account at Union National Bank in a period of three months, according to testimony in U.S. District Court.

C.W. Cully of Allliance and George Zimmerman of North Canton, developers of Green Haven Memorial Park on Canfield-Niles Road, purchase the 64-acre Thomas Yeager farm for $75,000 to expand the cemetery.

Donald C. McCully of Boardman is named manager of Dundee Cement Co., a new service and distribution center in Southern Boulevard.

1940: Florence McKibben is crowned May Queen of Youngstown College by Mary Louise Black, the 1939 queen, during ceremonies in the college auditorium.

Col. Vladimar Hurban, Czechoslovak minister to the United States who refused to surrender his legation to Germany after Hitler invaded his country, will speak at the Second National Slovak Day at Idora Park.

Census figures show that the city of Warren’s population increased from 41,063 in 1930 to 42,413 in 1940, an increase of 1,350.