21 WFMJ archives / May 7, 1984 | Two days before the Democratic presidential primary in Ohio 40 years ago, candidate Walter Mondale visited the family of Roger and Linda Geisman in Warren. Gov. Richard F. Celeste, left, spoke outside the family home with Mondale and members of the family lined up beside him.

May 8

1999: Fifteen white trumpeter swans, an endangered species, are released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at the Mosquito Lake Wildlife Management Area in Northern Trumbull County.

The Kent State Board of Trustees approves plans for a $4.9 million Workforce Development and Continuing Studies Center at the KSU Trumbull Campus.

Youngstown businessman Bruce Zoldan's hopes in helping rescue professional ice hockey in Pittsburgh extends to a dream he has for a minor league hockey team in the Mahoning Valley. 

1984: Colorado Sen. Gary Hart, the candidate for the Democratic presidential nominee, tells 1,000 supporters at a Boardman whistlestop that he will be in the race until the California primaries, regardless of how he does in Ohio.

Ohio Edison Co. will purchase the former Salem Valve plant on S. Ellsworth Ave. and move its line shop there.

Boardman has issued a building permit for $1 million in improvements to the 33-year-old Boardman Plaza.  

1974: Former Astronaut John Glenn convincingly fights U.S. Sen Howard M. Metzenbaum in key urban areas and maintains past strength in rural areas to win the Democratic nomination for senator.

Ronald M. Conner, 21, of Youngstown, a Penn Central fireman, is killed when the freight train he was working on derails near downtown Cleveland. 

1949: David Shirey, 13, of Canfield, who was the runner-up in 1948, wins the 16th annual Vindicator Spelling Bee at South High School.  He was in a battle with Walter Rhodes of North Jackson until the end. 

Bishop James A. McFadden speaks at the annual May crowning ceremonies on the Ursuline High School campus. Margie Barbush, a senior, places the floral wreath on the Blessed Virgin statue.