Tabloid Tales of the Past

April 11, 2002

In the future, when a teacher calls 911 to report an emergency, police will know exactly to which classroom help should be sent. That capability, which can be used with Oneida County’s Enhanced 911 system, is part of a $555,700 contract approved Wednesday night by the Board of Education.

Northern Frontier Project officials will unveil thematic plans for the 225th Commemoration of the American Revolution at a press conference Thursday at the Herkimer County Historical Society.

April 11, 1992

Disney-Touchstone/Dawn Steel Production has purchased the semi-autobiographical movie script of Maurice Ecung of 1008 N. George St. as one of 14 black cadets at the Air Force Academy in 1964.

April 11, 1982

Varflex employees, who are still awaiting their first contract since affiliating with the Mechanics Educational Society of America in 1978, are asking for an election to determine if they still want the union to represent them at the bargaining table.

April 11, 1972

Mohawk Airlines ceased to exist as of 12:01 today as customers at airports served by the Oneida County-based carrier were greeted by Allegheny Airlines signs and employees dressed in Allegheny uniforms following the merger of the two firms.

April 11, 1962

The Air Force is retaining Mobile Depot Activity at Rome Air Materiel Area but is eliminating ROAMA’s Directorate of Maintenance, involving 67 personnel spaces.

April 11, 1952

Oneida County farmers will plant 300,000 trees this year, a survey shows.

Today is Wednesday, April 11, the 102nd day of 2012. There are 264 days left in the year.

Today in History

On April 11, 1862, the Civil War Battle of Fort Pulaski in Chatham County, Ga., ended a day after it began as the fort fell to Union forces.

On this date:

In 1689, William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.

In 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as Emperor of the French and was banished to the island of Elba.

In 1899, the treaty ending the Spanish-American War was declared in effect.

In 1912, Crosley Field, the longtime home of the Cincinnati Reds, had its opening day under its original name, Redland Field. (The Reds defeated the Chicago Cubs 10-6.)

In 1921, Iowa became the first state to impose a cigarette tax, at 2 cents a package.

In 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the notorious Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald in Germany.

In 1951, President Harry S. Truman relieved Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his commands in the Far East.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy held a press conference in which he angrily denounced plans by United States Steel and other steel producers to raise prices (the companies ended up backing down). The New York Mets played their first game, losing to the host St. Louis Cardinals 11-4.

In 1970, Apollo 13, with astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert, blasted off on its ill-fated mission to the moon.

In 1979, Idi Amin was deposed as president of Uganda as rebels and exiles backed by Tanzanian forces seized control.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan returned to the White House from the hospital, 12 days after he was wounded in an assassination attempt. Race-related rioting erupted in the Brixton district of south London.

In 2009, Susan Boyle, a middle-aged volunteer church worker, wowed judges and audiences alike with her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" on the British TV show "Britain’s Got Talent."

Ten years ago

U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., D-Ohio, was convicted of taking bribes and kickbacks from businessmen and his own staff. (Traficant was later expelled from Congress and sentenced to eight years in prison; he was released in September 2009.) Venezuelan police battled protesters demanding President Hugo Chavez’s ouster.

Five years ago

North Carolina’s top prosecutor dropped all charges against three former Duke University lacrosse players accused of sexually assaulting a stripper at a party, saying the athletes were innocent victims of a "tragic rush to accuse." MSNBC announced it was dropping its simulcast of the "Imus in the Morning" radio program, responding to growing outrage over host Don Imus’ on-air reference to the Rutgers women’s basketball team as "nappy-headed hos." (CBS Radio followed suit the next day.) Death claimed author Kurt Vonnegut in New York at age 84 and actor Roscoe Lee Browne in Los Angeles at age 81.

Today’s Birthdays

Ethel Kennedy is 84. Actor Joel Grey is 80. Actress Louise Lasser is 73. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman is 71. Movie writer-director John Milius is 68. Actor Peter Riegert is 65. Actor Meshach Taylor is 65. Movie director Carl Franklin is 63. Actor Bill Irwin is 62. Country singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale is 55. Songwriter-producer Daryl Simmons is 55. Rock musician Nigel Pulsford is 51.

Actor Lucky Vanous is 51. Country singer Steve Azar is 48. Singer Lisa Stansfield is 46. Rock musician Dylan Keefe (Marcy Playground) is 42. Actor Johnny Messner is 42. Actor Vicellous Shannon is 41. Rapper David Banner is 38. Actress Tricia Helfer is 38. Rock musician Chris Gaylor (The All-American Rejects) is 33. Actress Kelli Garner is 28. Singer Joss Stone is 25.

Thought for Today

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." - Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007).