Tabloid Tales of the Past

April 17, 2002

With a $45.4 million new Rome Free Academy nearing completion, and the debt being paid off in the next few years on several other school construction projects, the Board of Education is looking at what projects should be tackled next — and how much money might be available to do the job.

UTICA (AP) — Andrew Cuomo, one of the Democrats seeking to unseat Republican Gov. George Pataki, said today during a campaign stop in Utica that the incumbent had failed the people of upstate New York.

April 17, 1992

The Easter Bunny will need a very large basket to carry the 6,500 eggs that will be hidden on the grounds of the Rome Art and Community Center Saturday for the Family Y’s annual Easter egg hunt.

April 17, 1982

CAMDEN — There apparently will be no organized swim program in the village this summer. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has denied the village’s request to build a temporary dam on Mad River, even though such a dam has been built each year for more than two decades.

April 17, 1972

Dixie Getman, 21, of Constableville, was selected Miss Oneida County before a packed house of 700 in the Adirondack Central high School auditorium.

April 17, 1962

PROSPECT — The Prospect Volunteer Fire Department is preparing to provide, beginning about May 15, free ambulance service in the Prospect, Hinckley, Grant, Trenton Falls, Barneveld, Remsen, Steuben, Holland Patent and Kayuta Lake area.

April 17, 1952

Two hundred fourteen employees at Pettibone-Mulliken Corp. went on strike today. The International Association of Machinists says the men will not work without a contract, the old one having expired at midnight.

Today is Tuesday, April 17, the 108th day of 2012. There are 258 days left in the year.

Today in History

On April 17, 1937, the animated cartoon character Daffy Duck made his debut in the Warner Bros. cartoon "Porky’s Duck Hunt," directed by Tex Avery.

On this date:

In 1492, a contract was signed by Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia.

In 1521, Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms (vohrms) to face charges stemming from his religious writings. (He was later declared an outlaw by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.)

In 1861, the Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union.

In 1911, the town of Palm Beach, Fla., was incorporated.

In 1941, Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany during World War II.

In 1961, some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in an attempt to topple Fidel Castro, whose forces crushed the incursion by the third day.

In 1969, a jury in Los Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The First Secretary of Czechoslovakia’s Communist Party, Alexander Dubcek, was deposed.

Today’s Birthdays

Composer-musician Jan Hammer is 64. Actress Olivia Hussey is 61. Actor Clarke Peters is 60. Rock singer-musician Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) is 57. Actor Sean Bean is 53. Actor Joel Murray is 50. Rock singer Maynard James Keenan is 48. Actress Lela Rochon is 48. Actor William Mapother is 47. Actress Leslie Bega is 45. Actress Kimberly Elise is 45. Singer Liz Phair is 45. Rapper-actor Redman is 42. Actress Jennifer Garner is 40. Country musician Craig Anderson (Heartland) is 39. Singer Victoria Adams Beckham (Spice Girls) is 38. Actress-singer Lindsay Korman is 34. Actress Rooney Mara (Film: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") is 27. Actor Paulie Litt is 17.

Thought for Today

"A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future." - Sydney J. Harris, American journalist (1917-1986).