Tabloid Tales of the Past

March 28, 2002

The boil-water order has been lifted for all Rome water customers, said Public Works Commissioner Robert A. Comis.

Owners of the departing Utica Blue Sox don’t like the ump’s financial call. And, unlike a decision reached by an umpire on the diamond, it seems there’s going to be room for discussion. A petition seeking more than $73,000 in rent for use of Murnane Field has been filed in state Supreme Court by the county on behalf of the Oneida County Sports Facility Authority.

March 28, 1992

City Court’s sojourn at City Hall is nearing an end, and court employees soon can return to their own home on the second floor of the Justice Building.

March 28, 1982

Tuition rates at Utica College will rise beginning June 1, from $4,400 to $4,800 annually, President Thomas Sheldon said today. The new rates include the Student Center amortization fee.

March 28, 1972

Oneida County Democrats are trying to decide between Robert J. Castle, Herkimer businessman, and retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Franklin A. Nicholas of Rome as the congressional candidate they will support.

March 28, 1962

Congressman Alexander Pirnie has announced he will seek a third term in the House of Representatives this coming November.

March 28, 1952

A Civil Aeronautics Board examiner has recommended a 10-year renewal of Robinson Air Lines’ operating permit and expansion of its routes to Watertown, Poughkeepsie, Saranac Lake-Lake Placid, Liberty-Monticello, Auburn and Geneva.

Today is Wednesday, March 28, the 88th day of 2012. There are 278 days left in the year.

Today in History

On March 28, 1942, during World War II, British naval forces staged a successful raid on the Nazi-occupied French port of St. Nazaire in Operation Chariot, destroying the only dry dock on the Atlantic coast capable of repairing the German battleship Tirpitz.

On this date:

In 1834, the U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.

In 1854, during the Crimean War, Britain and France declared war on Russia.

In 1898, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled that a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen.

In 1930, the names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara.

In 1935, the notorious Nazi propaganda film "Triumph des Willens" (Triumph of the Will), directed by Leni Riefenstahl, premiered in Berlin with Adolf Hitler present.

In 1939, the Spanish Civil War effectively ended as Madrid fell to the forces of Francisco Franco.

In 1941, novelist and critic Virginia Woolf, 59, drowned herself near her home in Lewes, East Sussex, England.

In 1969, the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, died in Washington, D.C., at age 78.

In 1978, in Stump v. Sparkman, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld, 5-3, the judicial immunity of an Indiana judge against a lawsuit brought by a young woman who’d been ordered sterilized by the judge when she was a teenager.

In 1979, America’s worst commercial nuclear accident occurred inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa.

In 1987, Maria von Trapp, whose life story inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music," died in Morrisville, Vt., at age 82.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the widow of U.S. Olympic legend Jesse Owens, who was honored for his "humanitarian contributions in the race of life."

Five years ago

Iran aired a video of 15 captured British sailors and marines; the lone female captive, shown in a white tunic and a black head scarf, said the British boats had "trespassed." (The crew members were released April 4, 2007.) In the Philippines, dozens of children were taken hostage on a bus by a day-care center owner armed with grenades and guns; the crisis ended peacefully 10 hours later with the hostage-taker’s surrender.

Today’s Birthdays

Former White House national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski is 84. Country musician Charlie McCoy is 71. Movie director Mike Newell is 70. Actress Conchata Ferrell is 69. Actor Ken Howard is 68. Actress Dianne Wiest (weest) is 64. Country singer Reba McEntire is 57. Olympic gold medal gymnast Bart Conner is 54. Rapper Salt (Salt-N-Pepa) is 46. Actress Tracey Needham is 45. Actor Max Perlich is 44. Movie director Brett Ratner is 43. Country singer Rodney Atkins is 43. Actor Vince Vaughn is 42. Rapper Mr. Cheeks (Lost Boyz) is 41. Actor Ken L. is 39. Rock musician Dave Keuning is 36. Actress Annie Wersching is 35. Actress Julia Stiles is 31. Singer Lady Gaga is 26.

Thought for Today

"You cannot find peace by avoiding life." - Virginia Woolf (1882-1941).