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May 25, 2002

Memorial Day weekend marks the opening of the Erie Canal Village, and this year there will be a whole lot more in store. Not only is the village transferring to a new owner this year, it has added volunteers, reduced the price of membership season passes and created a "focus" to improve the historical site, said manager Melody Milewski.

Effective June 1, Jervis Public Library patrons will be able to borrow certain books, audiocassettes and software for an extended loan period. The vacation loan privilege allows a patron to borrow certain items beginning Saturday, June 1, and keep them up to the Wednesday after Labor Day, Sept. 4.

May 25, 1992

Mandatory HIV testing for all inmates in the state prison system has been recommended by a TB Task Force. The panel also wants the Walsh Medical Center at Mohawk Correctional Facility converted to a full-time hospital and hospice.

May 25, 1982

Common Council ended months of debate by approving a plan to raise Rome NewChannels’ monthly rate for all cable television subscribers in the city from $7 to $10 by Jan. 1, 1985.

May 25, 1972

Buildings on the west side of the 100 block of South James Street will be demolished next week as the urban renewal development program in the downtown area continues.

May 25, 1962

Mahor David R. Townsend says his administration intends to press for annexation to the inside tax district of certain built-up areas in the northern and northeastern sections of the city. He also said he will go ahead with plans for parallel parking on Dominick Streeet, despite protests, and that he favors reassessment of property in Rome.

Today is Friday, May 25, the 146th day of 2012. There are 220 days left in the year.

Today in History

On May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention began at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum. (The Convention ended four months later with the delegates adopting the Constitution of the United States.)

On this date:

In 1810, Argentina began its revolt against Spanish rule with the forming of the Primera Junta in Buenos Aires.

In 1895, playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted of a morals charge in London; he was sentenced to two years in prison.

In 1916, the Chicago Tribune published an interview with Henry Ford in which the automobile industrialist was quoted as saying, "History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s dam is the history we make today."

In 1935, Babe Ruth hit the 714th and final home run of his career, for the Boston Braves, in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 1942, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Stilwell, frustrated over being driven out of Burma by Japanese troops during World War II, bluntly told reporters in Delhi, India: "I claim we got a hell of a beating."

In 1946, Transjordan (now Jordan) became a kingdom as it proclaimed its new monarch, Abdullah I.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy told Congress: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth."

In 1968, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was dedicated by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Interior Secretary Stewart Udall.

In 1979, 273 people died when an American Airlines DC-10 crashed just after takeoff from Chicago’s O’Hare airport. Six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared while on his way to a school bus stop in lower Manhattan; his fate has never been determined.

Today’s Birthdays

Lyricist Hal David is 91. Former White House news secretary Ron Nessen is 78. Country singer-songwriter Tom T. Hall is 76. Actor Sir Ian McKellen is 73. Country singer Jessi Colter is 69. Actress-singer Leslie Uggams is 69. Movie director and Muppeteer Frank Oz is 68. Actress Karen Valentine is 65. Rock singer Klaus Meine (The Scorpions) is 64. Actress Patti D’Arbanville is 61. Actress Connie Sellecca is 57. Rock singer-musician Paul Weller is 54. Actor-comedian Mike Myers is 49. Actor Matt Borlenghi is 45. Actor Joseph Reitman is 44. Rock musician Glen Drover is 43. Actress Anne Heche is 43. Actresses Sidney and Lindsay Greenbush (TV: "Little House on the Prairie") are 42. Actor-comedian Jamie Kennedy is 42. Actress Octavia Spencer (Film: "The Help") is 42. Actor Justin Henry is 41. Rapper Daz Dillinger is 39. Actress Molly Sims is 39. Singer Lauryn Hill is 37.

Thought for Today

"Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else." - Sir James Barrie, Scottish dramatist (1860-1937).