Tabloid Tales of the Past

April 27, 1999

School security will be reviewed in light of the killings at a Colorado high school last week. "Anytime a safety issue happens, anywhere, we are always looking at our performance," said Superintendent Francis M. Murphy.

Rock-throwing vandals broke four windows and then got upon the roof to ruin four skylights at Joy Elementary School. The damage, believed done over the weekend, was discovered Monday morning when staff and students returned to the school off upper Turin Road after spring break.

April 27, 1989

TURIN — William Paczkowski, Ginny Widrick and Kassandra Pominville will be honored at June graduation exercises at South Lewis Junior-Senior High School in Turin as the three students receiving highest honors in their respective fields. Paczkowski, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Paczkowski, Turin, is the honor student in the academic course. Miss Widrick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Widrick, RD 1, Turin, achieved the highest honor in the technical course. Miss Pominville, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Pominville, Glenfield, achieved the highest honor in the general course.

April 27, 1979

Louis Hornbeck, First Aid chairman for the Rome Chapter of the American Red Cross, with a long record of local service, is the Rome Voluntary Action Center Volunteer of the Year.

April 27, 1969

Pierce R. Goldberg, Rome retailer, has been elected president of the Rome Industrial Development Corp.

April 27, 1959

John H. Weiss is valedictorian and Miss Robbye L. Barrow is salutatorian of the 1959 class at Rome Free Academy. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald A. Weiss, and she is the daughter of Col. and Mrs. Robert L. Barrow.

April 27, 1949

Attacked by a rabid fox while standing in the barnyard of his farm at Washington Mills, Howard R. Milkorn escaped injury when the fox was unable to bite through a boot he was wearing.

Today is Monday, April 27, the 117th day of 2009. There are 248 days left in the year.

Today in History

Five hundred years ago, on April 27, 1509, Pope Julius II placed the Republic of Venice under an interdict following its refusal to give up lands claimed by the Papal States. (The pope lifted the sanction the following year.)

On this date:

In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.

In 1570, Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I.

In 1805, during the First Barbary War, an U.S.-led force of Marines and mercenaries captured the city of Derna, on the shores of Tripoli, Libya.

In 1822, the 18th president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio.

In 1865, the steamer Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., killing more than 1,400 people, mostly freed Union prisoners of war.

In 1932, American poet Hart Crane, 32, drowned after jumping from a steamer into the Gulf of Mexico while en route to New York.

In 1965, broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow died in Pawling, N.Y., two days after turning 57.

In 1967, Expo ‘67 was officially opened in Montreal by Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson.

In 1973, acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray resigned after it was revealed that he had handed over bureau files on the Watergate burglary to the Nixon White House.

Today’s Birthdays

Actor Jack Klugman is 87. Actress Anouk Aimee is 77. Announcer Casey Kasem is 77. Actress Judy Carne is 70. R&B singer Cuba Gooding Sr. is 65. Singer Ann Peebles is 62. Rock singer Kate Pierson (The B-52’s) is 61. R&B singer Herbie Murrell (The Stylistics) is 60. Actor Douglas Sheehan is 60. Rock musician Ace Frehley is 58. Pop singer Sheena Easton is 50. Actor James Le Gros is 47. Rock musician Rob Squires (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) is 44. Singer Mica Paris is 40. Actress Sally Hawkins is 33.

Thought for Today

"Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices — just recognize them." — Edward R. Murrow, American broadcast journalist (1908-1965).