Tabloid Tales of the Past

May 29, 2002

Summerstage 2002 opens Wednesday at the Capitol Theater with "La Cage Aux Folles." The musical is based on the play of the same name by Jean Poiret.

WESTERNVILLE — An "Evening of Intrigue" is planned when local mystery writer Dennis Griffin reads excerpts from his books at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Western Town Library, 9172 Main St.

May 29, 1992

Fire swept through the second-floor apartment at 706 South James St. early this morning, leaving the upstairs occupant homeless and causing $100,000 damage, firefighters said.

May 29, 1982

Construction workers installing a sewer line near Route 365 a mile east of Floyd damaged a telephone cable, disrupting service between Holland Patent and Rome for about two hours. Service was restored shortly after noon.

May 29, 1972

Rome Free Academy shut out unbeaten (17-0) Corcoran High of Syracuse by a 1-0 score in the Class A opener here in Section 3 playoffs.

May 29, 1962

The Air Force has asked Congress to appropriate $2,569,000 in the coming fiscal year for construction at Griffiss Air Force Base, including 135 units of military housing.

May 29, 1952

Supervisor Josseph Gordecki, Third ward Republican, is one of seven members of the Board of Supervisors named by Chairman A. Herald Mayer to study the report of the Oneida County Survey Commission Good Government. The report recommended establishment of a county executive.

Today is Tuesday, May 29, the 150th day of 2012. There are 216 days left in the year.

Today in History

On May 29, 1942, the movie "Yankee Doodle Dandy," starring James Cagney as George M. Cohan, premiered at a war-bonds benefit in New York. Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra recorded Irving Berlin’s "White Christmas" in Los Angeles for Decca Records. Actor John Barrymore died in Hollywood at age 60.

On this date:

In 1765, Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia’s House of Burgesses.

In 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th original colony to ratify the United States Constitution.

In 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state of the union.

In 1912, the ballet "L’Apres-midi d’un Faune" (The Afternoon of a Faun), with music by Claude Debussy, premiered in Paris with Vaslav Nijinsky dancing the title role.

In 1917, the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was born in Brookline, Mass.

In 1932, World War I veterans began arriving in Washington to demand cash bonuses they weren’t scheduled to receive until 1945.

In 1943, Norman Rockwell’s portrait of "Rosie the Riveter" appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

In 1953, Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit.

In 1961, a couple in Paynesville, W.Va., became the first recipients of food stamps under a pilot program created by President John F. Kennedy.

In 1973, Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles, defeating incumbent Sam Yorty.

In 1985, 39 people were killed at the European Cup Final in Brussels, Belgium, when rioting broke out and a wall separating British and Italian soccer fans collapsed.

In 1987, a jury in Los Angeles acquitted "Twilight Zone" movie director John Landis and four associates of involuntary manslaughter in the movie-set deaths of actor Vic Morrow and two child actors, seven-year-old Myca Dinh Le and six-year-old Renee Shin-Yi Chen, who were killed by a falling helicopter.

Ten years ago

Oxana Fedorova of Russia was crowned the 51st Miss Universe in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Today’s Birthdays

Actor Clifton James is 91. Former Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent is 74. Race car driver Al Unser is 73. CBS News Correspondent Bob Simon is 71. Actor Kevin Conway is 70. Actor Helmut Berger is 68. Rock singer Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) is 67. Actor Anthony Geary is 65. Singer Rebbie (ree-bee) Jackson is 62. Movie composer Danny Elfman is 59. Rock musician Michael Porcaro (Toto) is 57. Singer Jayski McGowan (Quad City DJ’s) is 45. Rock musician Chan Kinchla (Blues Traveler) is 43. Rock musician Mark Lee (Third Day) is 39.

Thought for Today

"What makes us discontented with our condition is the absurdly exaggerated idea we have of the happiness of others." - French saying.