Tabloid Tales of the Past

May 23, 2002

The trial is over. The verdict is in. But that matter will never be finished for all those touched by the tragedy of Sept. 25. Former Assistant Lairdsville Fire Chief Alan G. Baird III was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide Wednesday by a County Court jury in the fire training death of 19-year-old Bradley P. Golden. Jurors acquitted him on the higher count of second-degree manslaughter. He was also acquitted of second-degree assault.

A second amendment to the proposed renewal of the city’s cable television franchise with Time Warner is being finalized and could be voted on at Wednesday’s Common Council meeting.

May 23, 1992

ONEIDA — Three men were injured when an ammonia spill created a dense vapor cloud over a farm off Route 46 and forced authorities to evacuate more than 500 people from the Oneida Indian Nation and other buildings within a half-mile radius of the scene.

May 23, 1982

Rome Cable Corp. will close its copper hot-rolling rod mill June 30 after 46 years of operation, the company announced today. About 35 production workers will be affected.

May 23, 1972

Ground will be broken May 25 for the Air City (Park Drive Manor) housing project, where 101 apartment units will be built on a 28-acre site, primarily for Air Force personnel.

May 23, 1962

The state has begun work on the development of Lake Delta State Park on the 400-acre peninsula which juts into the lake from the Rome-Westmoreland Road.

May 23, 1952

The United States, Britain and France have signed a treaty for peace with West Germany which they have welcomed as a "new partner in the fight for peace and freedom."

Today is Wednesday, May 23, the 144th day of 2012. There are 222 days left in the year.

Today in History

On May 23, 1937, industrialist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of the Standard Oil Co. and the Rockefeller Foundation, died in Ormond Beach, Fla., at age 97.

On this date:

In 1430, Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians, who sold her to the English.

In 1533, the marriage of England’s King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void.

In 1701, William Kidd was hanged in London after he was convicted of piracy and murder.

In 1788, South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the United States Constitution.

In 1873, Canada’s Parliament voted to establish the North West Mounted Police force.

In 1911, the newly completed New York Public Library was dedicated by President William Howard Taft, Gov. John Alden Dix and Mayor William Jay Gaynor.

In 1934, bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, La.

In 1945, Nazi official Heinrich Himmler committed suicide while imprisoned in Luneburg, Germany.

In 1949, the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) was established.

In 1962, the movie version of "The Miracle Worker," with Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft reprising their Broadway roles as Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, opened in New York.

In 1967, Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli ships, an action which precipitated war between Israel and its Arab neighbors the following month.

In 1984, Surgeon General C. Everett Koop issued a report saying there was "very solid" evidence linking cigarette smoke to lung disease in non-smokers.

Ten years ago

During visits to Germany and Russia on the same day, President George W. Bush told wary European leaders "we’ve got to use all means at our disposal to deal with Saddam Hussein," and he denounced anyone who would appease terrorists or ignore threats to Europe. Golfing legend Sam Snead died in Hot Springs, Va., four days short of his 90th birthday.

Five years ago

President George W. Bush, speaking at the U.S. Coast Guard commencement, portrayed the Iraq war as a battle between the U.S. and al-Qaida and said Osama bin Laden was setting up a terrorist cell in Iraq to strike targets in America.

Today’s Birthdays

Bluegrass singer Mac Wiseman is 87. Actor Nigel Davenport is 84. Actress Barbara Barrie is 81. Actress Joan Collins is 79. Actor Charles Kimbrough is 76. Actress Lauren Chapin is 67. Country singer Misty Morgan is 67. Country singer Judy Rodman is 61. Singer Luka Bloom is 57. Actor-comedian Drew Carey is 54. Country singer Shelly West is 54. Actor Linden Ashby is 52. Actress-model Karen Duffy is 51. Actress Melissa McBride is 47. Rock musician Phil Selway (Radiohead) is 45. Actress Laurel Holloman is 44. Rock musician Matt Flynn (Maroon 5) is 42. Singer Lorenzo is 40. Country singer Brian McComas is 40. Singer Maxwell is 39. Singer Jewel is 38. Actor Lane Garrison is 32.

Thought for Today

"Sometimes you have to be silent in order to be heard." - Swiss proverb.