Tabloid Tales of the Past

June 16, 2002

Sons and daughters gave ties to their dads on Father’s Day, but Mother Nature provided bountiful amounts of rain — all weekend.

June 16, 1992

Following a parade this coming weekend, a program will be held at the town hall with Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Indian Nation as speaker. Halbritter will reveal plans for a parcel of land of about 500 acres which the Oneida Nation purchased along the Rome-Oneida Road in April.

June 16, 1982

The Pettibone Corp. strike entered its second day this morning with no further contract talks scheduled.

June 16, 1972

Construction of the new Family Y is on schedule for the planned dedication and open house in September and the start of activities on Oct. 1.

June 16, 1962

Mayor Lanigan has recommended to the Common Council that Chestnut Street from Black River Boulevard to Turin Street be improved to a width of 28 feet with curb.

June 16, 1952

Mass picketing by striking United Electrical Workers continues at the Rome General Cable plant. A court decision on a company petition to end mass picketing is in the offing.

Today is Saturday, June 16, the 168th day of 2012. There are 198 days left in the year.

Today in History

On June 16, 1812, the City Bank of New York (later Citibank) opened for business.

On this date:

In 1567, Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle in Scotland. (She escaped almost a year later but ended up imprisoned again.)

In 1858, accepting the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved, declaring, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

In 1911, IBM had its beginnings as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. was incorporated in New York State.

In 1932, President Herbert Hoover and Vice President Charles Curtis were renominated at the Republican national convention in Chicago.

In 1933, the National Industrial Recovery Act became law. (It was later struck down by the Supreme Court.)

In 1941, National Airport (now Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport) opened for business with a ceremony attended by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In 1952, "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" was published in the United States for the first time by Doubleday & Co.

In 1962, The New Yorker published the first of a three-part serialization of "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson.

In 1963, the world’s first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok 6.

In 1987, a jury in New York acquitted Bernhard Goetz of attempted murder in the subway shooting of four youths he said were going to rob him; however, Goetz was convicted of illegal weapons possession. (In 1996, a civil jury ordered Goetz to pay $43 million to one of the persons he’d shot.)

Ten years ago

French conservatives won a landslide victory in legislative elections. A runaway winner again in the U.S. Open following his victory at the Masters, Tiger Woods became the first player since Jack Nicklaus in 1972 to capture the first two major championships of the year.

Five years ago

A North Carolina State Bar disciplinary committee said disgraced prosecutor Mike Nifong would be disbarred for his disastrous prosecution of three Duke University lacrosse players falsely accused of rape. Six people were killed, 22 injured, when a car driven by Australian-born professional drag racer Troy Critchley plowed into a parade crowd in Selmer, Tenn. U.S. astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams set a record aboard the international space station for the longest single spaceflight by any woman, surpassing the record of 188 days set by astronaut Shannon Lucid at the Mir space station in 1996.

Today’s Birthdays

Actor Bill Cobbs is 77. Author Joyce Carol Oates is 74. Country singer Billy "Crash" Craddock is 73. Songwriter Lamont Dozier is 71. Rhythm-and-blues singer Eddie Levert is 70. Actress Joan Van Ark is 69. Actor Geoff Pierson is 63. Rhythm-and-blues singer James Smith (The Stylistics) is 62. Boxing Hall of Famer Roberto Duran is 61. Pop singer Gino Vannelli is 60. Actress Laurie Metcalf is 57. Model-actress Jenny Shimizu is 45. Actor James Patrick Stuart is 44. Actor Clifton Collins Jr. is 42. Actor John Cho is 40. Actor Eddie Cibrian is 39. Actress China (chee-nah) Shavers is 35. Actress Missy Peregrym is 30. Actress Olivia Hack is 29. Singer Diana DeGarmo ("American Idol") is 25.

Thought for Today

"Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control." - Cyril Connolly, British critic (1903-1974).