Tabloid Tales of the Past

May 31, 2002

WHITESTOWN — If you go to this weekend’s air show at the county airport, don’t expect to park on a nearby road and see the aerial performances for free. Watching the show from the industrial park or other perimeter highways will not be permitted for security reasons, said Lou Raya, county aviation consultant.

With warm weather comes street repairs, and this week’s muggy temperatures brought out the crews and cones.

May 31, 1992

ORISKANY — While 15 tons of the USS Oriskany are firmly anchored at Point Field, Japanese plans for the rest of the 42,000 ton surplus aircraft carrier are adrift. Lack of a $5 million deposit is holding up transfer of the flattop to a Japanese nonprofit foundation that said it would refit the ship and moor it in Tokyo Bay.

May 31, 1982

CAMDEN — An electrical fire spread out of control at Laribeee Wire Manufacturing Co. this morning and severely damaged the plant as it was being readied to resume operations after the holiday.

May 31, 1972

School Superintendent John F. MacDonnell, in an effort to end the contract impasse with the Rome Teachers Association, proposed that the current contract be extended another year, with the exception of salaries, which would be negotiated.

Forrest Vosler of Poland, N.Y., a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, delivered the address at Memorial Day ceremonies in Bellamy Park.

May 31, 1962

County Comptroller Frank W. Donalty, announced candidate for the Republican nomination for county executive, said he is making his bid not as the candidate of any faction of the party but as a qualified representative of all Republicans.

May 31, 1952

The Rev. Aubrey R. Seiter, pastor of St. Mary’s Church, observes his 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood with a Mass of Thanksgiving.

Today is Thursday, May 31, the 152nd day of 2012. There are 214 days left in the year.

Today in History

On May 31, 1962, former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel a few minutes before midnight for his role in the Holocaust. (Eichmann’s remains were cremated, the ashes scattered in the Mediterranean Sea.)

On this date:

In 1790, President George Washington signed into law the first U.S. copyright act.

In 1859, the Big Ben clock tower in London went into operation, chiming for the first time.

In 1889, more than 2,000 people perished when a dam break sent water rushing through Johnstown, Pa.

In 1910, the Union of South Africa was founded.

In 1911, the hull of the British liner RMS Titanic was launched from its building berth at the Port of Belfast, less than a year before the ship’s fateful maiden voyage.

In 1912, U.S. Sen. Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson was born in Everett, Wash.

In 1941, "Tobacco Road," a play about an impoverished Southern family based on the novel by Erskine Caldwell, closed on Broadway after a run of 3,182 performances.

Today’s Birthdays

Actor-director Clint Eastwood is 82. Singer Peter Yarrow is 74. Former Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite is 73. Singer-musician Augie Meyers is 72. Actress Sharon Gless is 69. Football Hall-of-Famer Joe Namath is 69. Actor Tom Berenger is 62. Actor Gregory Harrison is 62. Actor Kyle Secor is 55. Actress Roma Maffia is 54. Comedian Chris Elliott is 52. Actress Lea Thompson is 51. Singer Corey Hart is 50. Actor Hugh Dillon is 49. Rapper DMC is 48. Actress Brooke Shields is 47. Country musician Ed Adkins (The Derailers) is 45. Jazz musician Christian McBride is 40. Actress Archie Panjabi is 40. Actor Colin Farrell is 36. Rock musician Scott Klopfenstein (Reel Big Fish) is 35. Actor Eric Christian Olsen is 35. Rock musician Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy) is 32. Country singer Casey James (TV: "American Idol") is 30. Actor Jonathan Tucker is 30.

Thought for Today

"The future is no more uncertain than the present." - Walt Whitman, American poet (born this date in 1819, died 1892).