Tabloid Tales of the Past

May 5, 2002

Rome Area Chamber of Commerce is surveying members as it reviews the possibility of a group-purchasing plan for electricity. Group purchasing might save energy costs for local businesses.

May 5, 1992

The Community Recovery Center at Rome Hospital, at the tender age of 10 months, expects to top out at 25,000 outpatient visits when it marks its first anniversary this July. The 15-bed inpatient facility has been operating at 95 percent to 100 percent of capacity, said Lori A. Rostiser, program director.

May 5, 1982

Carls Drug Co. warehouse workers have ratified a renegotiated contract with a wage freeze, lower starting pay for new employees and no new cost of living adjustments, according to a source at the company. The 27-6 secret ballot vote on the pact was effective May 1.

May 5, 1972

Some 400 people participating today in the Family Y’s Miles for Mankind Walk that started at the new Y now under construction went through downtown, then around Lake Delta to a finish at Franklyn’s Field.

May 5, 1962

The 12th annual Loyalty Day parade was seen by thousands of Rome area residents who turned out despite threatening weather.

The state will install traffic signals at the Stanwix intersection of Route 233, the Rome-Westmoreland Road and Route 69, the Rome-Oriskany Road.

Today is Saturday, May 5, the 126th day of 2012. There are 240 days left in the year.

Today in History

On May 5, 1862, the Battle of Puebla took place in Mexico as forces loyal to Benito Juarez defeated troops that had been sent by Napoleon III during the so-called French Intervention. (The Cinco de Mayo holiday commemorates Mexico’s victory.)

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In 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte, 51, died in exile on the island of St. Helena.

In 1891, New York’s Carnegie Hall (then named "Music Hall") had its official opening night.

In 1922, construction began on the original Yankee Stadium in New York.

In 1925, schoolteacher John T. Scopes was charged in Tennessee with violating a state law that prohibited teaching the theory of evolution. (Scopes was found guilty, but his conviction was later set aside.)

In 1936, the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, fell to Italian invaders.

In 1941, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie returned to Addis Ababa after the Italians were driven out with the help of Allied forces.

In 1942, wartime sugar rationing began in the United States.

In 1955, West Germany became a fully sovereign state. The baseball musical "Damn Yankees" opened on Broadway.

In 1961, astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became America’s first space traveler as he made a 15-minute suborbital flight aboard Freedom 7, a Mercury capsule launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

In 1972, an Alitalia DC-8 crashed into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, with the loss of all 115 people on board.

In 1981, Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands died at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland in his 66th day without food.

In 1987, the congressional Iran-Contra hearings opened with former Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard V. Secord the lead-off witness. The federal government began a yearlong amnesty program, offering citizenship to illegal aliens who met certain conditions.

Ten years ago

French President Jacques Chirac was re-elected in a landslide victory over extreme-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen. Movie director George Sidney, who had directed dozens of musicals when the genre was at its peak, died in Las Vegas at age 85. Movie producer Michael Todd Jr. died in Ireland at age 72. Former Bolivian President Hugo Banzer died in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, at age 75.

Five years ago

A Kenya Airways jet crashed in southern Cameroon, killing all 114 people on board. Street Sense roared from next-to-last in a 20-horse field to win the Kentucky Derby. Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat Oscar De La Hoya to win the WBC 154-pound title at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.

One year ago

Solemnly honoring victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, President Barack Obama hugged survivors at ground zero in New York and declared that the killing of Osama bin Laden was an American message to the world: "When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say." Pakistan broke its silence over the U.S. commando raid that killed bin Laden, acknowledging its "shortcomings" in finding him but threatening to review cooperation with Washington if there were another similar violation of Pakistani sovereignty. Director, playwright and screenwriter Arthur Laurents died in New York at age 93. Actress Dana Wynter ("Invasion of the Body Snatchers") died in Ojai, Calif., at age 79.

Today’s Birthdays

Actress Pat Carroll is 85. Former AFL-CIO president John J. Sweeney is 78. Saxophonist Ace Cannon is 78. Country singer-musician Roni Stoneman is 74. Actor Michael Murphy is 74. Actor Lance Henriksen is 72. Comedian-actor Michael Palin is 69. Actor John Rhys-Davies is 68. Actor Roger Rees is 68. Rock correspondent Kurt Loder is 67. Rock musician Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) is 64. Vincent Kartheiser is 33. Singer Craig David is 31.

Thought for Today

"Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people." - Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, "father" of America’s nuclear navy (1900-1986).