Tabloid Tales of the Past

Jan. 26, 2002

Rehabilitation work is under way at Delta Dam. Richard M. Buck Construction Corp., 185 Main St., Whitesboro, holds the contract for the project that includes replacing valves that control the discharge of water from the impounded Mohawk River.

The Air Force Research Lab at Griffiss may have a role to play as efforts to improve computer security in the United States grow.

Jan. 26, 1992

A postage stamp commemorating former Roman Francis Bellamy’s Pledge of Allegiance will be issued by the Postal Service, Frank P. DiBerardino, director of the National Bellamy Award, said today.

Jan. 26, 1982

The city posted a $670,000 budget surplus for 1981, according to figures released by City Treasurer William A. Glasso.

Jan. 26, 1972

Nearly 500 friends and relatives gathered at The Beeches to honor the Rev. Charles Sykes, D.D., on his retirement as pastor of Zion Episcopal Church.

Jan. 26, 1962

Carl H. Clippinger, executive secretary of the Rome YMCA, will receive the Colgate University Civil Award next month. It is given to outstanding citizens of communities in the Colgate area.

Jan. 26, 1952

Long lines of motorists are formed daily in front of the automobile registration window at the Rome Court House as the deadline for new plates approaches.

Today is Thursday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2012. There are 340 days left in the year.

Today in History

On Jan. 26, 1942, the first American Expeditionary Force to go to Europe during World War II arrived in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

On this date:

In 1788, the first European settlers in Australia, led by Capt. Arthur Phillip, landed in present-day Sydney.

In 1837, Michigan became the 26th state.

In 1841, Britain formally occupied Hong Kong, which the Chinese had ceded to the British.

In 1861, Louisiana passed an Ordinance of Secession, becoming the sixth state to break free from the United States.

In 1870, Virginia rejoined the Union.

In 1911, the Richard Strauss opera "Der Rosenkavalier" (The Cavalier of the Rose) premiered in Dresden, Germany.

In 1939, during the Spanish Civil War, rebel forces led by Gen. Francisco Franco captured Barcelona.

In 1950, India officially proclaimed itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office as president.

In 1962, the United States launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon - but the probe ended up missing its target by more than 22,000 miles. Charles "Lucky" Luciano, a leading Mafia figure in the U.S., died in Naples, Italy, at age 64.

In 1979, former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller died in New York at age 70.

In 1992, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton, appearing with his wife, Hillary, on CBS’ "60 Minutes," acknowledged "causing pain in my marriage," but said past problems were not relevant to the campaign. The Washington Redskins won Super Bowl XXVI (26), defeating the Buffalo Bills 37-24. Actor Jose Ferrer, 80, died in Coral Gables, Fla.

In 1998, President Bill Clinton forcefully denied having an affair with a former White House intern, telling reporters, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."

Five years ago

The White House said President George W. Bush had authorized U.S. forces in Iraq to take whatever actions were necessary to counter Iranian agents deemed a threat to American troops or the public at large. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a news conference that a congressional resolution opposing President Bush’s troop buildup in Iraq undercut U.S. commanders and emboldened the enemy. Nine black youths were convicted in juvenile court in Long Beach, Calif., of beating three white women in a racially charged attack on Halloween night. (They were later sentenced to probation and house arrest after spending about three months in custody during their trials.)

Today’s Birthdays

Actress Anne Jeffreys is 89. Actress Joan Leslie is 87. Cartoonist Jules Feiffer is 83. Sportscaster-actor Bob Uecker is 77. Actor Scott Glenn is 73. Singer Jean Knight is 69. Activist Angela Davis is 68. Rock musician Corky Laing (Mountain) is 64. Actor David Strathairn is 63. Alt-country singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is 59. Rock singer-musician Eddie Van Halen is 57. Reggae musician Norman Hassan (UB40) is 54. Actress-comedian-talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is 54. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Wayne Gretzky is 51. Musician Andrew Ridgeley is 49. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jazzie B. (Soul II Soul) is 49. Actor Paul Johansson is 48.

Thought for Today

"Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves." - Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian statesman (1889-1964).