Tabloid Tales of the Past

April 25, 2002

Proponents of keeping county employees in downtown Utica have at least another three weeks to make their case. The Board of Legislators took no action Wednesday on a tabled resolution that could have paved the way for moving about 150 county workers from rented space in Utica to a vacant, county-owned building near the county airport in Whitestown.

WHITESTOWN — The county continued to review how it will attempt to recover more than $26,000 owed the county by the defunct KeyFlite Academy operation at the county airport.

April 25, 1992

If a local man is able to market his invention successfully, the Black and Decker Workmate could become obsolete. Joseph Adams, 29, a Barneveld resident working in Rome, is negotiating with other manufacturers of tools and related equipment, to market his Adamstand to potential buyers. With its series of quick disc connect arms and adjustments, the multi-functional work station is limited only by one’s imagination, said Adams.

April 25, 1982

Two motor vehicle accidents, one a motorcycle crash on North James Street and the other a two-car collision on Route 26 in Lee, killed three persons, according to city police and the Sheriff’s Department.

April 25, 1972

The Urban Renewal Agency gave tentative approval to a proposal by Oneida County Bank and Trust Co. for construction of a bank and a Boston Store at the center of the downtown renewal area, extending west from what is now North Washington and West Dominick Street.

April 25, 1962

Low bids for construction of an 11-room annex to the Ridge Mills elementary school total $225,611.

April 25, 1952

ORISKANY — Voters of Oriskany Central School system have approved by a vote of 125 to 12 construction of a $100,000 addition to the school.

Today is Wednesday, April 25, the 116th day of 2012. There are 250 days left in the year.

Today in History

On April 25, 1862, during the Civil War, a Union fleet commanded by Flag Officer David G. Farragut captured the city of New Orleans.

On this date:

In 1507, a world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contained the first recorded use of the term "America," in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci.

In 1792, highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by the guillotine.

In 1859, ground was broken for the Suez Canal.

In 1898, the United States formally declared war on Spain.

In 1901, New York Gov. Benjamin Barker Odell Jr. signed an automobile registration bill which imposed a 15 mph speed limit on highways.

In 1915, during World War I, Allied soldiers invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Empire out of the war.

In 1944, the United Negro College Fund was founded.

In 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany’s defenses. Delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.

In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping.

In 1972, Polaroid Corp. introduced its SX-70 folding camera, which ejected self-developing photographs. Actor George Sanders was found dead in his hotel room near Barcelona, Spain; he was 65.

In 1983, Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov invited Samantha Smith to visit his country after receiving a letter from the Manchester, Maine, schoolgirl.

In 1992, Islamic forces in Afghanistan took control of most of the capital of Kabul following the collapse of the Communist government.

Ten years ago

President George W. Bush hosted Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at his Texas ranch for a day of talks. The House voted 405-9 to abolish the embattled Immigration and Naturalization Service. A Russian rocket blasted into orbit, carrying South African Internet millionaire Mark Shuttleworth, the world’s second space tourist. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the effervescent, sometimes volatile member of the Grammy-winning trio TLC, died in an SUV crash in Honduras; she was 30.

Five years ago

Brushing off a presidential veto threat, the House passed, 218-208, a $124.2 billion supplemental spending bill ordering U.S. troops to begin coming home from Iraq in the fall of 2007. The Dow Jones industrial average topped 13,000 for the first time, ending the day at 13,089.89. Rosie O’Donnell announced she was leaving the ABC talk show "The View" in June (she actually left in late May).

One year ago: President Bashar Assad of Syria sent the military into the southern city of Daraa, where an anti-government uprising had begun the previous month.

Today’s Birthdays

Movie director-writer Paul Mazursky is 82. Actor Al Pacino is 72. Ballroom dance judge Len Goodman (TV: "Dancing with the Stars") is 68. Rock musician Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 67. Singer Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA) is 67. Actress Talia Shire is 66. Actor Jeffrey DeMunn is 65. Rock musician Michael Brown (The Left Banke) is 63. Rock musician Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is 62. Country singer-songwriter Rob Crosby is 58. Actor Hank Azaria is 48. Rock singer Andy Bell (Erasure) is 48. Rock musician Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction) is 47. Country musician Rory Feek (Joey + Rory) is 47. TV personality Jane Clayson is 45. Actress Renee Zellweger is 43. Actress Gina Torres is 43. Actor Jason Lee is 42. Actor Jason Wiles is 42. Actress Emily Bergl is 37. Actress Marguerite Moreau is 35. Singer Jacob Underwood is 32. Actress Sara Paxton is 24. Actress Allisyn Ashley Arm is 16.

Thought for Today

"I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is." - Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-born author (1899-1977).