Tabloid Tales of the Past

April 27, 2002

Rome Free Academy students who are sure what they want to do after graduation will be able to keep their mailboxes from being stuffed with unwanted junk mail from military and college recruiters. The Board of Education is considering a change in its policy, which will allow parents to opt out of having their sons’ and daughters’ names, addresses, and telephone numbers released to military recruiters, colleges and other institutions.

Moving hundreds of desks, chairs shelves, file cabinets and more; and pouring concrete for sidewalks. These are among the odds and ends remaining to be done at the new Rome Free Academy, according to project engineer Philip W. Foltman.

April 27, 1992

Sister Nancy Gregg, principal of Rome Catholic High School for nearly eight years, has resigned effective June 30 and hopes to return to Schenectady.

April 27, 1982

All 460 salaried employees at Revere’s plants in Rome — from clerks to president — will be taking pay cuts or wage freezes beginning May 1 in a company-wide measure announced by Revere Copper and Brass Inc.

April 27, 1972

About 300 Staley Junior High school pupils participated today in a cleanup project between 8:30 and 9:15 a.m., picking up debris from the East Bloomfield Street bridge to Floyd Avenue.

April 27, 1962

Mohawk Airlines will rank first in a number of passengers carried among the nation’s regional air carriers this year, Robert E. Peach, Mohawk president, says.

April 27, 1952

A four-acre fire has destroyed 4,000 three-year-old Norway spruce and pine trees in the Clark Hill reforestation area on Buck Hill.

Today is Friday, April 27, the 118th day of 2012. There are 248 days left in the year.

Today in History

On April 27, 2011, powerful tornadoes raked the South and Midwest. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, more than 120 twisters resulted in 316 deaths across parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.

On this date:

In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.

In 1777, the only land battle in Connecticut during the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Ridgefield, took place, resulting in a limited British victory.

In 1805, during the First Barbary War, an American-led force of Marines and mercenaries captured the city of Derna, on the shores of Tripoli.

In 1822, the 18th president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio.

In 1865, the steamer Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., killing more than 1,400 people, mostly freed Union prisoners of war.

In 1932, American poet Hart Crane, 32, drowned after jumping from a steamer into the Gulf of Mexico while en route to New York.

In 1941, German forces occupied Athens during World War II.

In 1967, Expo ‘67 was officially opened in Montreal by Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson.

In 1972, the Apollo 16 mission to the moon ended safely.

In 1973, Acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray resigned after it was revealed that he’d destroyed files removed from the safe of Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt.

In 1982, the trial of John W. Hinckley Jr., who had shot four people, including President Ronald Reagan, began in Washington. (The trial ended with Hinckley’s acquittal by reason of insanity.)

In 1992, the new Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was proclaimed in Belgrade by the republic of Serbia and its lone ally, Montenegro. Russia and 12 other former Soviet republics won entry into the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Betty Boothroyd became the first female Speaker of Britain’s House of Commons.

Ten years ago

South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth arrived at the international space station for an eight-day, seven-night cruise that had cost him $20 million. A biker brawl at Harrah’s Casino in Laughlin, Nev., left three bikers dead and 12 others wounded. Derek Lowe of the Boston Red Sox pitched a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (final score: 10-0). Mattel toy company co-founder Ruth Handler, creator of the Barbie doll, died in Los Angeles at age 85.

Five years ago

President George W. Bush and visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) threatened stronger punitive actions against North Korea if it reneged on a promise to padlock its sole nuclear reactor. A judge in Madrid indicted three U.S. soldiers in the 2003 death of Jose Couso, a Spanish journalist who was killed when their tank opened fire at a hotel in Baghdad. (The U.S., which found the use of force was justified, has refused to hand over the soldiers.) The government reported economic growth slowed to a near crawl of 1.3 percent in the first quarter of 2007. Master cellist Mstislav Rostropovich died in Moscow at age 80.

Today’s Birthdays

Actor Jack Klugman is 90. Actress Anouk Aimee is 80. Announcer Casey Kasem is 80. Actress Judy Carne is 73. Rock musician Jim Keltner is 70. Rhythm-and-blues singer Cuba Gooding is 68.

Singer Ann Peebles is 65. Rock singer Kate Pierson (The B-52’s) is 64. Rhythm-and-blues singer Herbie Murrell (The Stylistics) is 63. Actor Douglas Sheehan is 63. Rock musician Ace Frehley is 61. Pop singer Sheena Easton is 53. Actor James Le Gros (groh) is 50. Rock musician Rob Squires (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) is 47. Singer Mica (MEE’-shah) Paris is 43. Actor David Lascher is 40.

Actress Maura West is 40. Actress Sally Hawkins is 36. Rock musician Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket) is 34. Rock singer Jim James (My Morning Jacket) is 34. Rock singer-musician Travis Meeks (Days of the New) is 33. Actress Ari Graynor is 29. Rock singer-musician Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) is 28.

Thought for Today

"Fear not those who argue but those who dodge." - Dale Carnegie, American writer-lecturer (1888-1955).