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Jan. 11, 2002

The debate over the city’s outdoor rink continues indoors. At Wednesday’s Common Council meeting, a vocal opponent of the outdoor rink’s move from Franklyn’s Field to a location outside Kennedy Arena spoke up again. Joseph W. Sallustio Jr., 1212 N. James St., questioned numbers provided by the Parks and Recreation Department for last winter’s outdoor rink.

Wright Park Manor has sat vacant for one year, and in that time the city and state have been negotiating the financial details of a demolition plan. So far, no agreement is set.

Jan. 11, 1992

Continuing to make changes in his administration, County Executive Raymond A. Meier appointed three department heads, including one Roman. Anthony Ricci was nominated to replace Thomas J. Nelson as Central Services director. Edward B. Callahan of 1718 N. George St., Rome, was named director of purchasing. Theodore Petrillo of Whitesboro was appointed budget director.

Jan. 11, 1982

Downtown development will be high on Mayor Carl J. Eilenberg’s agenda this week and next as he awaits input from the public and a Pennsylvania consulting firm on how to revitalize the city.

Jan. 11, 1972

Rome Hospital ended 1971 in the black with the aid of $50,000 in city surplus funds that will be repaid. The deficit during the year had mounted as high as $185,000.

Jan. 11, 1962

George B. Waters has been re-elected president of the Jervis Library Board of Trustees.

Jan. 11, 1952

There are no plans to call into federal service the two New York State National Guard divisions, Guard headquarters said.

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2012. There are 355 days left in the year.

Today in History

On Jan. 11, 1942, Japan declared war against the Netherlands, the same day that Imperial Japanese forces invaded the Dutch East Indies.

On this date:

In 1759, the first American life insurance corporation, for "poor and distressed" Presbyterian ministers and their widows and children, was chartered in Philadelphia.

In 1805, the Michigan Territory was created by an act of Congress.

In 1861, Alabama became the fourth state to withdraw from the Union.

In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the Grand Canyon National Monument (it became a national park in 1919).

In 1913, the first sedan-type automobile, a Hudson, went on display at the 13th National Automobile Show in New York.

In 1927, the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was proposed during a dinner of Hollywood luminaries at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

In 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart began an 18-hour trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif., that made her the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean.

In 1943, the United States and Britain signed treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in China.

In 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report that said smoking may be hazardous to one’s health.

In 1972, East Pakistan changed its name to Bangladesh.

In 1977, France set off an international uproar by releasing Abu Daoud, a PLO official behind the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

In 1995, 52 people were killed when a Colombian airliner crashed as it was preparing to land near the Caribbean resort of Cartagena - however, a 9-year-old girl, Erika Delgado, survived.

One year ago

Several hundred mourners remembered the victims of the Arizona shooting rampage during a public Mass at St. Odilia Catholic Church in Tucson. David Nelson, 74, who starred on his parents’ popular TV show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," died in Los Angeles.

Today’s Birthdays

Producer Grant Tinker is 87. Actor Rod Taylor is 82. Composer Mary Rodgers is 81. The former prime minister of Canada, Jean Chretien is 78. Actor Mitchell Ryan is 78. Actor Felix Silla is 75. Movie director Joel Zwick is 70. Country singer Naomi Judd is 66. World Golf Hall of Famer Ben Crenshaw is 60. Singer Robert Earl Keen is 56. Musician Vicki Peterson (The Bangles) is 54. Actress Kim Coles is 50. Actor Jason Connery is 49. Contemporary Christian musician Jim Bryson (MercyMe) is 44. Rock musician Tom Dumont (No Doubt) is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maxee Maxwell (Brownstone) is 43. Movie director Malcolm D. Lee is 42. Singer Mary J. Blige is 41. Musician Tom Rowlands (The Chemical Brothers) is 41. Actor Marc Blucas is 40.

Thought for Today

"In much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow." - Ecclesiastes 1:18.