Tabloid Tales of the Past

June 1, 2002

He thinks Rome and the new Rome Free Academy have potential. Thomas Gallagher, superintendent of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, was the second of three candidates for Rome superintendent of schools to answer questions from the public this week.

Utica College alumnus and renown rose expert Jim Shearer will host his "World Famous Talk on Roses" from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in Donohue Auditorium in Gordon Science Center.

June 1, 1992

Wesley Brainerd, who operated a grist mill in Rome, kept a combat diary when he helped organize the 50th New York and 15th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiments. His letters home and memoirs have become the basis of a book by his great-great-grandson, William Evans Hencken, who lives in Maitland, Fla.

June 1, 1982

Rome Free Academy’s junior varsity baseball team lost a playoff game for the Central Oneida league title to Whitesboro, 11-5.

June 1, 1972

The Common Council after making progress at an informal meeting last night on a site for a new firehouse agreed to seek the recommendations of the Board of Fire Underwriters.

June 1, 1962

Joseph J. Naresky, Rome, has been appointed technical director of RADC’s directorate of engineering; and David F. Barber, Alder Creek, has been assigned as chief of the applied research laboratory of RADC Engineering.

June 1, 1952

About 2,500 persons inspected the model home at Westbrook Manor Saturday and Sunday. It is the new National Homes project at Elm and Thomas streets. One house has been competed and two are under construction.

Today is Friday, June 1, the 153rd day of 2012. There are 213 days left in the year.

Today in History

On June 1, 1912, Paramount Pictures had its beginnings as Adolph Zukor incorporated the Famous Players Film Co., which later merged with the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.

On this date:

In 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state of the union.

In 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state.

In 1812, President James Madison, in a message to Congress, recounted what he called Britain’s "series of acts hostile to the United States as an independent and neutral nation"; Congress ended up declaring war.

In 1813, the mortally wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake, Capt. James Lawrence, gave the order, "Don’t give up the ship" during a losing battle with the British frigate HMS Shannon in the War of 1812.

In 1862, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War.

In 1868, James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, died near Lancaster, Pa., at age 77.

In 1933, financier J.P. Morgan Jr., waiting to resume testifying before the Senate Banking Committee on the 1929 stock market crash, was startled as a publicist for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus placed a female dwarf named Lya Graf on his lap. (As photographers snapped pictures, the bemused banker told Graf, "I have a grandson bigger than you." Graf replied, "But I’m older.")

In 1942, Mexican President Manuel Avila Camacho issued a decree stating that a state of war had existed with Germany, Italy and Japan as of May 22.

In 1958, Charles de Gaulle became premier of France, marking the beginning of the end of the Fourth Republic.

Today’s Birthdays

Actor Richard Erdman is 87. Actor Andy Griffith is 86. Singer Pat Boone is 78. Actor-writer-director Peter Masterson is 78. Actor Morgan Freeman is 75. Actor Rene Auberjonois is 72. Opera singer Frederica von Stade is 67. Actor Brian Cox is 66. Rock musician Ronnie Wood is 65. Actor Jonathan Pryce is 65. Actor Powers Boothe is 64. Actress Gemma Craven is 62. Blues-rock musician Tom Principato is 60. Country singer Ronnie Dunn is 59. Actress Lisa Hartman Black is 56. Singer-musician Alan Wilder is 53. Rock musician Simon Gallup (The Cure) is 52. Country musician Richard Comeaux (River Road) is 51. Actor-comedian Mark Curry is 51. Actor-singer Jason Donovan is 44. Actress Teri Polo is 43. Basketball player-turned-coach Tony Bennett is 43. Actor Rick Gomez is 40. Model-actress Heidi Klum is 39. Singer Alanis Morissette is 38. Actress Sarah Wayne Callies is 35. TV personality Damien Fahey is 32. Pop singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is 31. Tennis player Justine Henin is 30. Actor Taylor Handley is 28.

Thought for Today

"When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest." - William Hazlitt, British essayist (1778-1830).