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June 8, 2002

The potential for cooperation and collaboration between Rome Laboratory and the Federal Aviation Administration continues to be investigated. Rep. Sherwood L. Boehlert, R-23, New Hartford, said: "I have no doubt in my mind that something will materialize."

The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a $99,975 contract to Black River Systems Co. in Utica for research to improve management of multi-function radar systems.

June 8, 1992

The Sports Page Cafe and the adjoining Players nightclub on River Road were damaged Monday when an electrical short circuit sparked a fire in an apartment above the nightclub.

June 8, 1982

Lt. Col. John R. Fuhrmann, director of operations at the 49th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Griffiss Air Force Base, will assume command of the 87th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Sawyer Air Force Base, Mich., next month.

June 8, 1972

Brian R. Heaney and Brett Harris were elevated to the rank of Eagle Scout at the Troop 96 court of honor awards dinner at the Elks Club.

June 8, 1962

Col. Robert G. David has been assigned to command of the 4039th Strategic Wing at Griffiss Air Force Base.

June 8, 1952

General Cable Corp. has obtained a temporary injunction against officers of Local 33, United Electrical Workers, against mass picketing at the Rome plant. The union has been on strike since June 2.

Today in History

On June 8, 1972, during the Vietnam War, a South Vietnamese Air Force jet dropped a napalm bomb onto the village of Trang Bang. Associated Press photographer Nick Ut captured the image of a screaming 9-year-old girl, Phan Thi Kim Phuc as she ran naked and severely burned from the scene of the explosion along with other victims.

On this date:

In A.D. 632, the prophet Muhammad died in Medina.

In 1845, Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tenn.

In 1861, voters in Tennessee approved an Ordinance of Secession passed the previous month by the state legislature.

In 1912, the ballet "Daphnis et Chloe," with music by Maurice Ravel, choreography by Michel Fokine and Vaslav Nijinsky and Tamara Karsavina in the title roles, was premiered by the Ballets Russes in Paris.

In 1915, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned in a disagreement with President Woodrow Wilson over U.S. handling of the sinking of the Lusitania.

In 1942, Bing Crosby recorded "Adeste Fideles" and "Silent Night" in Los Angeles for Decca Records.

In 1953, the Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in the District of Columbia could not refuse to serve blacks.

Today’s Birthdays

Former first lady Barbara Bush is 87. Actor-comedian Jerry Stiller is 85. Comedian Joan Rivers is 79. Actress Millicent Martin is 78. Actor James Darren is 76. Actor Bernie Casey is 73. Singer Nancy Sinatra is 72. Singer Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night) is 70. Musician Boz Scaggs is 68. Actor Don Grady is 68. Rock musician Mick Box (Uriah Heep) is 65. Author Sara Paretsky is 65. Actress Sonia Braga is 62. Actress Kathy Baker is 62. Country musician Tony Rice is 61. Actor Griffin Dunne is 57. "Dilbert" creator Scott Adams is 55. Actor-director Keenen Ivory Wayans is 54. Singer Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) is 52. Musician Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Doris Pearson (Five Star) is 46. Actress Julianna Margulies is 45. Actor Dan Futterman is 45. Actor David Sutcliffe is 43. Actor Kent Faulcon is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nicci Gilbert is 42. Actress Kelli Williams is 42. Actor Mark Feuerstein is 41. Contemporary Christian musician Mike Scheuchzer (MercyMe) is 37. Actor Eion Bailey is 36. Rapper Kanye West is 35. Blues-rock musician Derek Trucks (The Derek Trucks Band) is 33. Folk-bluegrass singer-musician Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 31. Actress Torrey DeVitto is 28.

Thought for Today

"Love hath no physic for a grief too deep." - Robert Nathan, American author and poet (1894-1985).