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April 20, 2002

Today wasn’t a day to sleep in. Most people expecting to be able to snooze uninterrupted past 7 a.m. were yanked from their slumber around 6:50 when doors and windows began shaking as a result of an earthquake originating 15 miles southwest of Plattsburgh.

It may be a question of whether the glass is half full or half empty. The county’s per capita income was $23,910 in 1999, which meant the county had the 27th best ranking among the state’s 62 counties.

April 20, 1992

The fourth grade swimming program and three librarians — both targets of proposed school district budget cuts — are valuable and should be kept, speakers told the Board of Education at a budget hearing.

April 20, 1982

County officials have asked for hard financial data and a specific takeover request from Utica before they consider a transfer of the financially troubled Utica Memorial Auditorium from city to county jurisdiction.

April 20, 1972

An announcement will be made later today of an impasse in negotiations between the Rome School District and the Rome Teachers Association.

April 20, 1962

Daw Drug Co. announced it will open a store May 15 at Westgate Manor Shopping Center on Erie Bouelvard.

April 20, 1952

Homestead Savings and Loan Association has moved its Rome quarters from 105 S. James St. to 100 N. James St.

Today is Friday, April 20, the 111th day of 2012. There are 255 days left in the year.

Today in History

On April 20, 1912, Boston’s Fenway Park hosted its first professional baseball game while Navin Field (Tiger Stadium) opened in Detroit. (The Red Sox defeated the New York Highlanders 7-6 in 11 innings; the Tigers beat the Cleveland Naps 6-5 in 11 innings.)

On this date:

In 1812, the fourth vice president of the United States, George Clinton, died in Washington at age 72, becoming the first vice president to die while in office.

In 1836, Congress voted to establish the Wisconsin Territory.

In 1861, Col. Robert E. Lee resigned his commission in the United States Army. (Lee went on to command the Army of Northern Virginia, and eventually became general-in-chief of the Confederate forces.)

In 1889, Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria.

In 1912, author Bram Stoker, the creator of Dracula, died in London at age 64.

In 1945, during World War II, allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart.

In 1968, Pierre Elliott Trudeau was sworn in as prime minister of Canada.

In 1972, the manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon.

In 1978, a Korean Air Lines Boeing 707 crash-landed in northwestern Russia after being fired on by a Soviet interceptor after entering Soviet airspace. Two passengers were killed.

In 1992, the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness took place at London’s Wembley Stadium. Comedian Benny Hill died in his Greater London flat at age 68.

In 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place in Colorado as two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives.

In 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, killed 11 workers and began spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months.

One year ago

Two Western photojournalists, including Oscar-nominated film director Tim Hetherington, were killed in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata while covering battles between rebels and government forces. The U.S. government announced new protections for air travelers when airlines lose their bags, bump them off flights or hold them on the runway for hours.

Today’s Birthdays

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is 92. Actor Leslie Phillips is 88. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., is 76. Actor George Takei is 75. Singer Johnny Tillotson is 73. Actor Ryan O’Neal is 71. Bluegrass singer-musician Doyle Lawson (Quicksilver) is 68. Rock musician Craig Frost (Grand Funk; Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band) is 64. Actor Gregory Itzin is 64. Actress Jessica Lange is 63. Actress Veronica Cartwright is 63. Actor Clint Howard is 53. Actor Crispin Glover is 48. Actor Andy Serkis is 48. Country singer Wade Hayes is 43. Actor Shemar Moore is 42. Actress Carmen Electra is 40. Reggae singer Stephen Marley is 40. Rock musician Marty Crandall is 37.

Thought for Today

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." - Will Durant, American historian (1885-1981).