Tabloid Tales of the Past

May 1, 2002

As the area strives to attract a computer chip manufacturer, Mohawk Valley Community College has received approval for a new associate degree in applied science in semiconductor manufacturing technology, the college announced.

" I believe there should be zero tolerance," That’s the stance Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito thinks the state and the churches should take in dealing with priests who may have sexually abused children.

May 1, 1992

TOWN OF LEE — A smoke detector awakened a family of five on Harris Road early this morning in time for them to narrowly escape their burning mobile home. The trailer of the David Squadrito family was destroyed in the blaze. Lee Center Volunteer Fire Chief Kenneth Baker Jr. estimated the loss at $35,000.

CAMDEN — Kelly J. Biscombe and Alan J. Seckner have been named valedictorian and salutatorian of Camden High School Class of 1992, principal John E. Davis said.

May 1, 1982

Physicians at Rome Hospital are complaining that not enough money is being spent to buy equipment. Some members of the Board of Managers have suggested possible solutions, including charging the doctors a free for using equipment.

Children of military personnel living on Griffiss Air Force Base might be charged tuition to attend Rome public schools next year. The suggestion, with tuition compensating for an anticipated $400,000 federal aid loss, was raised at a school budget work session by Superintendent "Ernest J. Cannava.

May 1, 1972

Approximately 500 people have signed up for the Family Y’s Miles for Mankind Walk next Saturday. Sponsors will donate 10 cents a mile for every mile walked, up to 20 miles.

Three new election districts, one each in the Second, Third and Fourth wards, were created last night by the Common Concil, an action made necessary by the state reapportionment of the Assembly districts.

May 1, 1962

Lake Delta Volunteer Fire Department has a new $17,400 750-gallon pumper.

Seventh Day Adventists are erecting a church near Vienna Corners on Route 13. It is expected to be ready this summer.

May 1, 1952

Rome observed Loyalty Day with a mile-long parade and ceremonies in Bellamy Park. The Optimists Club float was judged best in the parade.

The State Conservation Department says the forest fire hazard is critical and that a soaking rain will be necessary to keep the woods open.

Today is Tuesday, May 1, the 122nd day of 2012. There are 244 days left in the year.

Today in History

On May 1, 1982, the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tenn., was opened by President Ronald Reagan. The fair’s theme: "Energy Turns the World." (The six-month exposition’s last day was October 31.)

On this date:

In 1707, the Kingdom of Great Britain was created as a treaty merging England and Scotland took effect.

In 1786, Mozart’s opera "The Marriage of Figaro" premiered in Vienna.

In 1898, Commodore George Dewey gave the command, "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley," as an American naval force destroyed a Spanish squadron in Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.

In 1911, the song "I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)," by Harry Von Tilzer and Will Dillon, was first published.

In 1931, New York’s 102-story Empire State Building was dedicated. Singer Kate Smith made her debut on CBS Radio on her 24th birthday.

In 1941, the Orson Welles motion picture "Citizen Kane" premiered in New York.

In 1960, the Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane over Sverdlovsk and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

In 1961, the first U.S. airline hijacking took place as Antulio Ramirez Ortiz, a Miami electrician, commandeered a National Airlines plane that was en route to Key West, Fla., and forced the pilot to fly to Cuba.

In 1962, the first Target discount store opened in Roseville, Minn.

In 1971, the intercity passenger rail service Amtrak went into operation.

In 1987, during a visit to West Germany, Pope John Paul II beatified Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.

In 1992, on the third day of the Los Angeles riots, a visibly shaken Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm, pleading, "Can we all get along?"

Ten years ago

Israeli armored vehicles began leaving Yasser Arafat’s battered West Bank compound, ending his five months of confinement. Well over a million people across France marched against far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, four days before Le Pen was soundly defeated by President Jacques Chirac (zhahk shih-RAHK’) in a presidential runoff.

Five years ago

In only his second veto, President George W. Bush rejected legislation to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq in a showdown with Congress over whether the war should end or escalate. Thousands of people protested across the country to demand a path to citizenship for an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants.

One year ago

Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II, moving his predecessor a step closer to sainthood in a Vatican Mass attended by some 1.5 million pilgrims. Marchers around the world demanded more jobs, better working conditions and higher wages on International Workers’ Day.

Today’s Birthdays:

Former astronaut Scott Carpenter is 87. Country singer Sonny James is 83. Singer Judy Collins is 73. Actor Stephen Macht is 70. Singer Rita Coolidge is 67. Pop singer Nick Fortuna (The Buckinghams) is 66. Actor-director Douglas Barr is 63. Actor Dann Florek is 61.

Singer-songwriter Ray Parker Jr. is 58. Hall of Fame jockey Steve Cauthen is 52. Actress Maia Morgenstern is 50. Country singer Wayne Hancock is 47. Actor Charlie Schlatter is 46. Country singer Tim McGraw is 45. Rock musician Johnny Colt is 44. Rock musician D’Arcy is 44. Movie director Wes Anderson is 43. Actress Julie Benz is 40. Country singer Cory Morrow is 40.

Gospel/rhythm-and-blues singer Tina Campbell (Mary Mary) is 38. Actor Darius McCrary is 36.

Thought for Today

"Anyone who is satisfied to stand still should not complain when others pass him." - Italian proverb.