Tabloid Tales of the Past

June 2, 2002

The Farmers’ Market will open for the season on Friday in the parking lot at City Hall, off Liberty Street. It’s managed by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County.

A free stop smoking clinic will be held at Rome Memorial Hospital at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting tomorrow, in the first floor classrooms.

June 2, 1992

Cily Waterman, Rebeccca Kossner and Royce Fitzgerald have been named as the three students receiving the highest honors in South Lewis Junior-Senior High School’s Class of 1992.

June 2, 1982

The Board of Education has rejected a formal easement agreement that would have given Niagara Mohawk access to the former Barringer Road property, 303 W. Liberty St.

June 2, 1972

Employees of Revere’s Rome Division have been urged to cooperate in working necessary overtime so that the firm can fill a seasonal demand for its products, particularly tubing for air conditioning manufacturers.

June 2, 1962

The National Girl Scout decision that the charter of Rome Girl Scout Council shall be revoked is firm and will not be altered, the local council has been informed. This territory is to be in part of the Foothills Council with headquarters in Utica.

June 2, 1952

School district 14, Griffiss Air Force Base, will apply for a $553,000 grant from the federal government for construction of a new grade school.

Today is Saturday, June 2, the 154th day of 2012. There are 212 days left in the year.

Today in History

On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI; it was the first such ceremony to be televised.

On this date:

In 1886, President Grover Cleveland, 49, married Frances Folsom, 21, in the Blue Room of the White House. (To date, Cleveland is the only president to marry in the executive mansion.)

In 1897, Mark Twain, 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as saying from London that "the report of my death was an exaggeration."

In 1924, Congress passed a measure that was then signed by President Calvin Coolidge guaranteeing full American citizenship for all Native Americans born within U.S. territorial limits.

In 1941, baseball’s "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig, died in New York of a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; he was 37. The chief justice of the United States, Charles Evans Hughes, announced his retirement effective July 1, 1941.

In 1961, during a state visit to France, President John F. Kennedy, noting the warm reception his wife was receiving, jocularly described himself as "the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it." Playwright and director George S. Kaufman, 71, died in New York.

In 1962, Soviet forces opened fire on workers in the Russian city of Novocherkassk who had gone on strike over food shortages; accounts of the death toll vary, although a retired general who said he opposed the action put the figure at 22 to 24 during a 1989 interview.

In 1966, the U.S. space probe Surveyor 1 landed on the moon and began transmitting detailed photographs of the lunar surface.

In 1979, Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.

In 2004, the syndicated TV game show "Jeopardy!" began airing contestant Ken Jennings’ 74-game winning streak.

Today’s Birthdays

Actor Milo O’Shea is 87. Actress-singer Sally Kellerman is 75. Actor Ron Ely is 74. Actor Stacy Keach is 71. Rock musician Charlie Watts is 71. Singer William Guest (Gladys Knight & The Pips) is 71. Actor Charles Haid is 69. Composer Marvin Hamlisch is 68. Movie director Lasse Hallstrom is 66. Actor Jerry Mathers is 64. Actress Joanna Gleason is 62. Pop musician Michael Steele is 57. Rock singer Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) is 52. Actress Paula Cale is 42. Actor Anthony Montgomery is 41. Actor-comedian Wayne Brady is 40. Actor Wentworth Miller is 40. Rock musician Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane) is 36. Actor Zachary Quinto is 35. Actor Dominic Cooper is 34. Actress Nikki Cox is 34. Actor Justin Long is 34. Actor Deon Richmond is 34. Actress Morena Baccarin is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Irish Grinstead (702) is 32. Rock musician Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes) is 32. Country singer Dan Cahoon (Marshall Dyllon) is 29. Actress Brittany Curran is 22.

Thought for Today

"We are minor in everything but our passions." - Elizabeth Bowen, Irish author (1899-1973).