Tabloid Tales of the Past

Jan. 10, 2002

The Democrat-controlled Common Council has rejected approval of the Republican mayor’s discretion to attend training conferences as he sees fit. Two councilors want quarterly reports from the mayor and two others want prior notification of any conferences.

Gov. George E. Pataki’s pledge that scheduled tax cuts will go forward despite the state’s fiscal difficulties received high praise from area state and local officials.

Jan. 10, 1992

School nurses tended to sick students 9,109 times last year. Sick tummies were at the top of the list of illnesses that brought students to the school nurse’s door.

Jan. 10, 1982

Old Man Winter, who turned a cold shoulder on the area yesterday, will continue to blow a chill down the spine of Central New York tonight and tomorrow. Rome’s high temperature was 5 degrees and the low overnight was zero, compared to normal seasonal highs and lows of 29 and 13.

Jan. 10, 1972

It was one of those balmy January thaw days as the temperature reached 46 degrees, although the snow banks remain high.

Jan. 10, 1962

A proposed merger of Kent Co. Inc., Rome, and Finnel System Inc., Elkhart, Ind., both manufacturers of commercial floor cleaning equipment, awaits approval of stockholders of both firms.

Jan. 10, 1952

The U.S. Marines have recalled to service Ted Williams, Boston outfielder; Gerry Coleman, New York Yankees infield, and Lloyd Merriman, Cincinnati outfielder.

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 10, the 10th day of 2012. There are 356 days left in the year.

Today in History

On Jan. 10, 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published his influential pamphlet, "Common Sense," which argued for American independence from British rule.

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In 1860, the Pemberton Mill in Lawrence, Mass., collapsed and caught fire, killing up to 145 people, mostly female workers from Scotland and Ireland.

In 1861, Florida became the third state to secede from the Union.

In 1862, American inventor Samuel Colt, famed for his revolver, died in Hartford, Conn., at age 47.

In 1901, the Spindletop oil field in Beaumont, Texas, produced the Lucas Gusher, heralding the start of the Texas oil boom.

In 1920, the League of Nations was established as the Treaty of Versailles went into effect.

In 1946, the first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London.

In 1947, the musical fantasy "Finian’s Rainbow," with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, opened on Broadway.

In 1957, Harold Macmillan became prime minister of Britain, following the resignation of Anthony Eden.

In 1962, an ice avalanche on Nevado Huascaran in Peru resulted in some 4,000 deaths. John W. McCormack became speaker of the House, succeeding the late Samuel T. Rayburn.

In 1971, "Masterpiece Theatre" premiered on PBS with host Alistair Cooke introducing the drama series "The First Churchills." French fashion designer Coco Chanel died in Paris at age 87.

In 1982, actor-comedian Paul Lynde died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 55.

Ten years ago

Marines began flying hundreds of al-Qaida prisoners in Afghanistan to a U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The White House revealed that Enron Corp. had sought the administration’s help shortly before collapsing with the life savings of many workers. Todd Eldredge won his sixth U.S. Figure Skating Championship title.

Five years ago

President George W. Bush said he took responsibility for any mistakes in Iraq and announced an increase in U.S. troops there to quell violence. The Democratic-controlled House voted 315-116 to increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour.

One year ago

The nation got its first look at Jared Loughner, the accused assailant of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, as a federal judge in Phoenix ordered the 22-year-old suspect held without bail. A judge in Austin, Texas, ordered former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to serve three years in prison for his role in a scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.

Today’s Birthdays

Opera singer Sherrill Milnes is 77. Blues artist Eddy Clearwater is 77. Rock singer-musician Ronnie Hawkins is 77. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Willie McCovey is 74. Singer Scott McKenzie is 73. Movie director Walter Hill is 72. Singer Frank Sinatra Jr. is 68. Singer Rod Stewart is 67. Rock singer-musician Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) is 64. Actor William Sanderson is 64. International Boxing Hall of Famer and entrepreneur George Foreman is 63. Roots rock singer Alejandro Escovedo is 61. R

Thought for Today

"I know that I don’t know what I don’t know." - Marguerite Youcenar, French author (1903-1987).