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Jan. 21, 2002

Rome Art and Community Center’s library will open a featured collection of photographs entitled, "The Way I See It: Photographs in the Life of John Rudiak," on Friday.

MARCY — The SUNYIT is seeking approval from the State University of New York and the State Education Department to offer four year programs in several academic areas, including business, accounting, finance, computer science and mechanical engineering technology.

Jan. 21, 1992

BOONVILLE — This year’s Sno Fest had too much of a good thing: A couple feet of fresh snow forced the cancellation of several events. The village got socked with at least 24 inches of snow Friday night and Saturday morning, according to weather observer Livingston Lansing.

Jan. 21, 1982

Rome NewChannels’ proposal to raise the monthly cable television rate from $7 to $9.95 received a lukewarm response from members of the mayor’s Cable Television Advisory Committee yesterday afternoon.

Jan. 21, 1972

Oneida and Herkimer counties had a jobless rate of 9.5 percent in December, the highest percentage in the state in a decade. It is estimated that joblessness in Rome exceeded 10 percent.

Jan. 21, 1962

John H. Eikenberg, president of Revere Copper and Brass, will be both speaker and master of ceremonies at the Rome Chamber of Commerce’s 50th anniversary banquet Feb. 20.

Jan. 21, 1952

The 1952 officers of the Rome Chamber of Commerce are: president, Louis G. Gleasmann; first vice president, A.H. Pearsall; second vice president, Harold V. Clayton, and treasurer, George T. Bowers.

Today is Saturday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2012. There are 345 days left in the year.

Today in History

On Jan. 21, 1908, New York City’s Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance prohibiting women from smoking in public. (Although the measure was vetoed two weeks later by Mayor George B. McClellan Jr., at least one woman, Katie Mulcahey, was arrested and spent a night in jail after being unable to pay a $5 fine.)

On this date:

In 1793, during the French Revolution, King Louis XVI, condemned for treason, was executed on the guillotine.

In 1910, the Great Paris Flood began as the rain-swollen Seine River burst its banks, sending water into the French capital.

In 1924, Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin died at age 53.

In 1937, Count Basie and his band recorded "One O’Clock Jump" for Decca Records (on this date in 1942, they re-recorded the song for Okeh Records).

In 1950, former State Department official Alger Hiss, accused of being part of a Communist spy ring, was found guilty in New York of lying to a grand jury. (Hiss, who proclaimed his innocence, served less than four years in prison.) George Orwell (Eric Blair), author of "Nineteen Eighty-Four," died in London at age 46.

In 1954, the first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched at Groton, Conn. (However, the Nautilus did not make its first nuclear-powered run until nearly a year later.)

In 1968, the Battle of Khe Sanh began during the Vietnam War as North Vietnamese forces attacked a U.S. Marine base; the Americans were able to hold their position until the siege was lifted 21/2 months later. An American B-52 bomber carrying four hydrogen bombs crashed in Greenland, killing one crew member and scattering radioactive material.

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.

In 1982, convict-turned-author Jack Henry Abbott was found guilty in New York of first-degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of waiter Richard Adan in 1981. (Abbott was later sentenced to 15 years to life in prison; he committed suicide in 2002.)

In 1997, Speaker Newt Gingrich was reprimanded and fined as the House voted for the first time in history to discipline its leader for ethical misconduct.

Ten years ago

Sultry singer Peggy Lee died in Bel Air, Calif., at age 81.

Today’s Birthdays

Actress Ann Wedgeworth is 78. World Golf Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus is 72. Opera singer Placido Domingo is 71. Singer Richie Havens is 71. Singer Mac Davis is 70. Actress Jill Eikenberry is 65. Country musician Jim Ibbotson (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 65. Singer-songwriter Billy Ocean is 62. U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke is 62. Attorney General Eric Holder is 61. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is 59. Actor-director Robby Benson is 56. Actress Geena Davis is 56. Basketball Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon is 49. Actress Charlotte Ross is 44. Actor John Ducey is 43. Actress Karina Lombard is 43. Rapper Levirt (B-Rock and the Bizz) is 42. Rock musician Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel) is 42. Rock singer-songwriter Cat Power is 40. Rock DJ Chris Kilmore (Incubus) is 39. Actor Vincent Laresca is 38. Singer Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) is 36.

Thought for Today

"I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate." - George Burns, American comedian (1896-1996).