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April 19, 2002

The city and Rome Clean & Green will hold a free tree-planting seminar at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. Residents are encouraged to help plant Rome’s future by planting a free tree they will receive at the seminar.

Photographer Sylvia de Swaan, a woman who survived the Holocaust as an infant, will discuss her experiences and the effects they still have on her in a free public program Tuesday in the Rome Free Academy library.

April 19, 1992

This year’s state travel guide fails to list two state-owned sites, the Oriskany Battlefield and Steuben Memorial. Robert H. Heeley, curator of the Oriskany village museum, also was "very disappointed" that the village did not gain mention of its museum or the USS Oriskany Memorial scheduled to be complete by May 30.

April 19, 1982

Mrs. Josephine J. (Jill) Bates, 906 Laurel St., whose volunteer activities have ranged from Scouting and Little League to the Association for Retarded Children and Birthright, has been selected Rome’s Woman of the Year for 1982. She is the wife of County Legislator Stanley P. Bates and the mother of eight children.

April 19, 1972

Sen. George McGovern, D-S.D., predicted he will win the Massachusetts primary next Tuesday. (McGovern did win the primary and the Democratic nomination for president, but Massachusetts was the only state he carried in the general election.)

April 19, 1962

HOLLAND PATENT — Parishioners of St. Leo’s Church have begun a $75,000 minimum goal campaign to finance a new church and parish hall. Stanley Powroznik is general chairman, and the Rev. William E. Bishop the pastor.

April 19, 1952

Mayor Townsend has presented the Common Council a street construction and repair program totaliing $160,000.

Today is Thursday, April 19, the 110th day of 2012. There are 256 days left in the year.

Today in History

On April 19, 1912, a special subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee opened hearings in New York into the Titanic disaster. (The hearings, which were subsequently moved to Washington, D.C., concluded on May 28.)

On this date:

In 1012, Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, was slain by Danish invaders in Greenwich, England, after refusing to allow himself to be ransomed. (Revered as a martyr, Alphege was canonized by Pope Gregory VII in 1078.)

In 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

In 1861, a week after the Civil War began, President Abraham Lincoln authorized a blockade of Southern ports.

In 1933, the United States went off the gold standard.

In 1943, during World War II, tens of thousands of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto began a valiant but ultimately futile battle against Nazi forces.

In 1951, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his Far East command by President Harry S. Truman, bid farewell in an address to Congress in which he quoted a line from a ballad: "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."

In 1966, Bobbi Gibb became the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon, which at that time did not allow women to participate. (Gibb jumped into the middle of the pack after the sound of the starting pistol and finished in 3:21:40.)

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon under an official number by registering without mentioning her gender; by her own estimate, she finished in 4 hours and 20 minutes. (Bobbi Gibb, again running unofficially, finished in 3:27:17.)

In 1982, astronauts Sally K. Ride and Guion S. Bluford Jr. became the first woman and first African-American to be tapped for U.S. space missions.

Today’s Birthdays

Actor Hugh O’Brian is 87. Actress Elinor Donahue is 75. Rock musician Alan Price (The Animals) is 70. Actor Tim Curry is 66. Pop singer Mark "Flo" Volman (The Turtles; Flo and Eddie) is 65. Actor Tony Plana ("Ugly Betty") is 60. Former tennis player Sue Barker is 56. Former race car driver Al Unser Jr. is 50. Recording executive Suge Knight is 47. Singer-songwriter Dar Williams is 45. Actress Ashley Judd is 44. Singer Bekka Bramlett is 44. Latin pop singer Luis Miguel is 42. Actress Jennifer Esposito is 40. Actress Jennifer Taylor is 40. Jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux is 38. Actor James Franco is 34. Actress Kate Hudson is 33. Actor Hayden Christensen is 31. Actress Catalina Sandino Moreno is 31.

Thought for Today

"The crisis you have to worry about most is the one you don’t see coming." - Mike Mansfield, American statesman (1903-2001).