Tabloid Tales of the Past

May 10, 2002

The one-day K-Rockathon concert won’t be coming to Griffiss Business and Technology Park this summer. The fallout from a closed meeting Thursday afternoon is that the annual rock music concert previously held at Vernon Downs will have to find another location.

Postal carriers hope to add six tons to their load on Saturday. Besides handling the mail, employees at the Rome Post Office will be collecting non-perishable food tomorrow. Donations for the needy may be left at their mailboxes. Last year 5 1/2 tons of food were donated and sent to food pantry operations that serve the region.

May 10, 1992

The Mohawk Valley Police Academy, which has graduated 26 recruits, is looking for a source of funds on the heels of a $190,000 state aid cut.

May 10, 1982

Low bids for body repairs to two rusting fire trucks have come in 50 percent more than the budgeted amounts of $30,000, and City Treasurer William A. Glasso says there is not enough money in the existing city budget to finance the entire project.

May 10, 1972

Dean Marjorie C. Smith, Syracuse, a former president of the state Business and Professional Women’s Federation, addressed the 25th anniversary dinner of the Rome B&PW Club in the Beeches.

May 10, 1962

The Downtown Redevelopment Committee of the Rome Chamber of Commerce, headed by Donald R. Nevinger, is conducting a campaign to improve the appearance of the downtown Rome shopping district. Property owners are being asked to paint their buildings, and occupants are requested to place flower boxes along the streets.

May 10, 1952

The Oneida County 4-H Club will hold a scrap drive to raise funds to send a representative to Greece this summer under a foreign youth exchange program. Robert Peck, 23, Clinton has been chosen to go to Greece.

Today is Thursday, May 10, the 131st day of 2012. There are 235 days left in the year.

Today in History

On May 10, 1869, a golden spike was driven in Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States.

On this date:

In 1611, Sir Thomas Dale arrived in the Virginia Colony, where, as deputy governor, he instituted harsh measures to restore order.

In 1774, Louis XVI acceded to the throne of France.

In 1775, Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys, along with Col. Benedict Arnold, captured the British-held fortress at Ticonderoga, N.Y.

In 1865, Union forces captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Irwinville, Ga.

In 1924, J. Edgar Hoover was given the job of FBI director.

In 1933, the Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.

In 1940, during World War II, German forces began invading the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and France. The same day, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigned, and Winston Churchill formed a new government.

In 1941, Adolf Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess, parachuted into Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission. (Hess ended up serving a life sentence at Spandau prison until 1987, when he apparently committed suicide.)

In 1960, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Triton completed its submerged navigation of the globe.

In 1977, actress Joan Crawford, 72, died in New York.

In 1981, Socialist Francois Mitterrand defeated incumbent Valery Giscard d’Estaing in the second round of France’s presidential election.

In 1994, Nelson Mandela took the oath of office to become South Africa’s first black president.

Ten years ago

A tense 39-day-old standoff between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem ended with 13 suspected militants flown into European exile and 26 released into the Gaza Strip. Cuban activists delivered more than 11,000 signatures to the National Assembly demanding a referendum on broad changes in the socialist system, an unprecedented challenge to Fidel Castro’s 43-year rule. Former FBI agent Robert Hanssen was sentenced by a federal judge to life in prison without parole for spying for Moscow. NBA owners approved the Hornets’ move to New Orleans, ending the team’s 14-year era in Charlotte.

Five years ago

British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced he would step down June 27. (Blair was succeeded by Gordon Brown.) The Democratic-controlled House, by a vote of 255-171, defeated legislation to require the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq within nine months. A federal jury in Santa Ana, Calif., convicted Chinese-born engineer Chi Mak of conspiring to export U.S. defense technology to China. (Mak was later sentenced to 241/2 years in federal prison.)

One year ago

The bulging Mississippi River rolled into the Mississippi Delta after cresting before daybreak at Memphis, Tenn., causing widespread damage. In a one-two punch against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, NATO war planes struck a command center in Tripoli and pounded targets around the besieged port of Misrata. Burt Reinhardt, one of CNN’s first presidents, died in Marietta, Ga., at age 91.

Today’s Birthdays

Author Bel Kaufman ("Up the Down Staircase") is 101. Sportscaster Pat Summerall is 82. Author Barbara Taylor Bradford is 79. Rhythm-and-blues singer Henry Fambrough (The Spinners) is 74.

TV-radio personality Gary Owens is 73. Actor David Clennon is 69. Writer-producer-director Jim Abrahams is 68. Singer Donovan is 66. Singer Dave Mason is 66. Actor Bruce Penhall is 55. Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., is 54. Actress Victoria Rowell is 53.

Rock singer Bono (U2) is 52. Rock musician Danny Carey (Tool) is 51. Actor Darryl M. Bell is 49. Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is 49. Model Linda Evangelista is 47. Rapper Young MC is 45. Actor Erik Palladino is 44. Rock singer Richard Patrick (Filter) is 44. Actor-singer Todd Lowe is 40. Country musician David Wallace (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 40.

Actress Andrea Anders is 37. Race car driver Helio Castroneves is 37. Rock musician Jesse Vest is 35. Actor Kenan Thompson is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jason Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is 32. Rock musician Joey Zehr (The Click Five) is 29. Singer Ashley Poole (Dream) is 27. Actress Odette Annable (TV: "House, M.D.") is 27. Actress Lauren Potter (TV: "Glee") is 22.

Thought for Today

"Nothing recedes like success." - Walter Winchell, American columnist and broadcaster (1897-1972).