Tabloid Tales of the Past

Jan. 25, 2002

Do you know where your mayor was at 7 a.m. today? Casual viewers of network television — perhaps including eagle-eyed members of the Common Council — know that he was in Times Square. Griffo was shown several times during the ABC program "Good Morning America" with other mayors visiting New York.

LOWVILLE — State police divers are checking the Black River in the Lowville area searching for any signs of a man reported missing over a month ago.

Jan. 25, 1992

Beginning in April, meals for inmates at 15 state prisons will be prepared in a central kitchen at the Oneida Correctional Facility in South Rome.

Jan. 25, 1982

The Rome teachers strike entered its sixth day today with both sides in the labor dispute saying they’re flexible in their proposals.

Jan. 25, 1972

The 1971 net income of Revere Copper and Brass was down $7,578,414 from 1970 earnings to $1,508,276.

Jan. 25, 1962

Rome Free Academy’s new 10-room addition will be in full use next week.

Jan. 25, 1952

An early morning fire swept through the four-story Queirolo block at 131-137 S. James St., gutting the Crescent Bowling Alleys and a storage room on the top floor.

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2012. There are 341 days left in the year.

Today in History

On Jan. 25, 1949, the first Emmy Awards, honoring local Los Angeles TV programs and talent, were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club. (The very first Emmy presented, for "Most Outstanding Personality," went to ventriloquist Shirley Dinsdale, star of the KTLA children’s show "Judy Splinters.")

On this date:

In 1533, England’s King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife, Anne Boleyn, who later gave birth to Elizabeth I.

In 1787, Shays’s Rebellion suffered a setback when debt-ridden farmers led by Capt. Daniel Shays failed to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass.

In 1890, reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) of the New York World completed a round-the-world journey in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes.

IIn 1915, Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated U.S. transcontinental telephone service between New York and San Francisco.

In 1936, former Gov. Al Smith, D-N.Y., delivered a radio address in Washington, titled "Betrayal of the Democratic Party," in which he fiercely criticized the New Deal policies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In 1947, American gangster Al Capone died in Miami Beach, Fla., at age 48.

In 1959, American Airlines began Boeing 707 jet flights between New York and Los Angeles.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy held the first presidential news conference to be carried live on radio and television.

In 1971, Charles Manson and three women followers were convicted in Los Angeles of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate. Idi Amin seized power in Uganda by ousting President Milton Obote in a military coup. In 1981, the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States. In 1990, an Avianca Boeing 707 ran out of fuel and crashed in Cove Neck, Long Island, N.Y.; 73 of the 158 people aboard were killed. Actress Ava Gardner died in London at age 67.

Ten years ago

J. Clifford Baxter, a former Enron executive who’d reportedly complained about the company’s questionable accounting practices, was found shot to death in a car, a suicide.

Today’s Birthdays

Actor Gregg Palmer is 85. The former president of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze, is 84. Actor Dean Jones is 81. Country singer Claude Gray is 80. Blues singer Etta James is 74. Movie director Tobe Hooper is 69. Actress Leigh Taylor-Young is 67. Actress Jenifer Lewis is 55. Actress Dinah Manoff is 54. Country musician Mike Burch (River Road) is 46. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kina is 43. Actress China Kantner is 41. Actress Ana Ortiz is 41. Musician Matt Odmark (Jars of Clay) is 38. Actress Mia Kirshner is 37.

Thought for Today

"A first-rate organizer is never in a hurry. He is never late. He always keeps up his sleeve a margin for the unexpected." - Arnold Bennett, English poet, author and critic (1867-1931).