Tabloid Tales of the Past

April 21, 2002

VERONA — The Oneida Indian Nation has released payments to seven school districts in Madison and Oneida counties, totaling $264,000 for the second quarter of 2002.

Ann Eldred, vice chairman, District V, Daughters of the American Revolution, was guest speaker at the April 18 meeting of Fort Stanwix Chapter at the Savoy. Mrs. Eldred’s topic was national defense.

April 21, 1992

Construction of the 370-mile Iroquois Gas Pipeline resulted in permit violations and the Army Corps of Engineers in making a list. Areas under examination include the portion that passes through the towns of Boonville, Remsen and Trenton.

April 21, 1982

Rome Cable television subscribers would receive 14 additional channels for $10 a month by 1984 under a rate hike plan that New Channels Corp. officials and the Common Council informally approved last night.

April 21, 1972

Rocco A. Aiello, 82, of 605 Union St., has been honored by the Italian government for his service as a sergeant major in Italy in World War I with the 11th Cyclist Battalion.

April 21, 1962

For the second time within a week, the Sleepy Hollow Golf and Country Club has been burglarized. This time some 30 quarts of liquor were stolen.

April 21, 1952

W. Averell Harriman, director of the Mutual Security Agency, has announced his candidacy for the Democrat presidential nomination.

Today in History

On April 21, 1962, the Century 21 Exposition, also known as the Seattle World’s Fair, opened. President John F. Kennedy spoke briefly to the event by telephone from Palm Springs, Fla., where he tapped a gold telegraph key to signal the official start of the six-month fair.

On this date:

In 1509, England’s King Henry VII died; he was succeeded by his 17-year-old son, Henry VIII.

In 1649, the Maryland Toleration Act, which provided for freedom of worship for all Christians, was passed by the Maryland assembly.

In 1789, John Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of the United States.

In 1910, author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, died in Redding, Conn., at age 74.

In 1918, Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the German ace known as the "Red Baron," was killed in action during World War I.

In 1930, a fire broke out inside the overcrowded Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus, killing 332 inmates.

In 1955, the Jerome Lawrence-Robert Lee play "Inherit the Wind," inspired by the Scopes trial of 1925, opened at the National Theatre in New York.

In 1960, Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia, transferring the seat of national government from Rio de Janeiro.

In 1972, Apollo 16 astronauts John W. Young and Charles M. Duke Jr. explored the surface of the moon.

In 1986, a rediscovered vault in Chicago’s Lexington Hotel that was linked to Al Capone was opened during a live TV special hosted by Geraldo Rivera; aside from a few bottles and a sign, the vault turned out to be empty.

In 1992, Robert Alton Harris became the first person executed by the state of California in 25 years as he was put to death in the gas chamber for the 1978 murder of two teen-age boys, John Mayeski and Michael Baker.

Ten years ago

In a huge upset in French politics, extreme-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen qualified to face incumbent Jacques Chirac in the runoff for French president. (Chirac ended up winning.)

Five years ago

The Fallujah, Iraq, city council chairman (Sami Abdul-Amir al-Jumaili), a critic of al-Qaida who had taken the job after his three predecessors were assassinated, was himself killed by attackers in a passing car. American billionaire Charles Simonyi returned to Earth from a dream voyage to the international space station, riding a Russian capsule to a soft landing in Kazakhstan. Professional sailor Reid Stowe and his girlfriend, Soanya Ahmad, set off from North Hoboken, N.J., on a 1,000-day, nonstop globe-girdling cruise. (Ahmad abandoned the cruise in Australia in February 2008, saying she was plagued by seasickness and suspecting she was pregnant; Stowe completed the journey as he arrived in New York on June 17, 2010 and met his toddler son, Darshen, for the first time.)

One year ago

President Barack Obama announced the Justice Department was assembling a team to "root out any cases of fraud or manipulation" in oil markets that might be contributing to $4 a gallon-plus gasoline prices. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., announced he would step down amid a developing ethics probe while insisting he’d done nothing wrong.

Today’s Birthdays

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is 86. Actress-comedian-writer Elaine May is 80. Actor Charles Grodin is 77. Singer-musician Iggy Pop is 65. Actress Patti LuPone is 63. Actor Tony Danza is 61. Actress Andie MacDowell is 54. Rock singer Robert Smith (The Cure) is 53. Rock musician Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 53.

Actor John Cameron Mitchell is 49. Rapper Michael Franti (Spearhead) is 46. Rock singer-musician Glen Hansard (The Frames) is 42. Comedian Nicole Sullivan is 42. Football player-turned-actor Brian White is 39. Rock musician David Brenner (Theory of a Deadman) is 34. Actor James McAvoy is 33. Actor Christoph Sanders (TV: "Last Man Standing") is 24.

Thought for Today

"I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward." - Charlotte Bronte, English author (born this date in 1816, died in 1855).