Tabloid Tales of the Past

June 9, 2002

Nine Rome Free Academy s tudents were bounced from the Senior Ball Saturday night at Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club in New York Mills because they were under the influence of alcohol.

Police said graffiti was spray painted on the pool clubhouse and several pieces of playground equipment, including swings and benches, at Pinti Field on Sixth Street.

June 9, 1992

ORISKANY — Videotapes of the inferno which engulfed the Portofino Ristorante on April 5 have been in the hands of arson investigators since the day after the crime. The burning landmark was filmed by a security camera perched on the Central New York Psychiatric Center building, Harold E. Smith, director of the center, confirmed.

June 9, 1982

The vacant Grand Union supermarket at Freedom Plaza soon will be occupied by a P&C store. Grand Union reportedly has agreed to sublease the 24,000-square-foot store to P&C Food markets. Grand Union vacated the store last February.

June 9, 1962

The 54-day-old strike at Rome Grader Division, Pettibone-Mulliken Corp. will end tomorrow. Terms of the agreement are termed substantial.

June 9, 1952

A new Roman Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s, is to be erected at Lee Center.

Today is Saturday, June 9, the 161st day of 2012. There are 205 days left in the year.

Today in History

On June 9, 1972, heavy rains triggered record flooding in the Black Hills of South Dakota; the resulting disaster left at least 238 people dead and $164 million in damage.s

On this date:

In A.D. 68, the Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide, ending a 13-year reign.

In 1870, author Charles Dickens died in Gad’s Hill Place, England.

In 1909, Alice Huyler Ramsey, 22, set out from New York in a Maxwell DA on a journey to become the first woman to drive across the United States. (Ramsey and three female companions arrived in San Francisco on Aug. 7.)

In 1911, Carrie (sometimes spelled "Carry") A. Nation, the hatchet-wielding temperance crusader, died in Leavenworth, Kan., at age 64.

In 1940, during World War II, Norway decided to surrender to the Nazis, effective at midnight.

In 1949, Georgia Neese Clark was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the first female Treasurer of the United States.

In 1954, during the Senate-Army Hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berated Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy for verbally attacking a member of Welch’s law firm, Fred Fisher, asking McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

In 1969, the Senate confirmed Warren Burger to be the new chief justice of the United States, succeeding Earl Warren.

In 1973, Secretariat became horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning the Belmont Stakes.

In 1978, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints struck down a 148-year-old policy of excluding black men from the Mormon priesthood.

In 1985, American educator Thomas Sutherland was kidnapped in Lebanon; he was released in November 1991 along with fellow hostage Terry Waite.

In 1986, the Rogers Commission released its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket-builder Morton Thiokol for management problems leading to the explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts.

Ten years ago

President Jacques Chirac’s mainstream right prevailed in a first round of elections for France’s 577-seat National Assembly. Thousands of Russian soccer fans rioted in Moscow after their country’s loss to Japan in the World Cup. Albert Costa won the French Open over fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. Se Ri Pak won the LPGA Championship to become the youngest woman to claim four major championships.

One year ago

The entire top echelon of Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign resigned in a mass exodus that left his bid for the Republican nomination in tatters; the former House speaker vowed defiantly to remain a candidate. Alabama passed a tough law against illegal immigration, requiring schools to find out if students were in the country lawfully and making it a crime to knowingly give an illegal immigrant a ride. (Federal courts have since blocked parts of the law.)

Today’s Birthdays

Actress Mona Freeman is 86. Media analyst Marvin Kalb is 82. Actor Joe Santos is 81. Sports commentator Dick Vitale is 73. Author Letty Cottin Pogrebin is 73. Rock musician Jon Lord is 71. Mystery author Patricia Cornwell is 56. Actor Michael J. Fox is 51. Writer-producer Aaron Sorkin is 51. Actor Johnny Depp is 49. Actress Gloria Reuben is 48. Rock musician Dean Felber (Hootie & the Blowfish) is 45. Rock musician Dean Dinning is 45. Musician Ed Simons is 42.

Thought for Today

"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn’t. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is." - Horace Walpole, English author (1717-1797).