Tabloid Tales of the Past

June 26, 2002

The fire department and state Department of Environmental Conservation contained a spill in the Barge Canal Tuesday. Two engines were dispatched at 4:44 p.m. to the canal in the vicinity of Mill Street when a waste pipe was observed discharging an unknown substance into the canal.

"Uncle Frank," the documentary film about local residents Frank Pour and his wife, Tillie, will be shown Saturday, Aug. 17, in the Capitol theatre.

June 26, 1992

Daily Sentinel managing editor Joseph E. McMahon is retiring June 30 after 41 years with the newspaper. McMahon began his employment in the advertising department in 1951.

June 26, 1982

Rome Cable president Glenn A. Brodock said that this firm’s plans to build a continuous cast rod mill in Sherburne will have no effect on employment levels at the local plant.

June 26, 1972

Thirteen past presidents of the Democratic Women’s Club of Rome were honored at a tea yesterday at the Rome Art and Community Center.

June 26, 1962

What’s wsong with downtown Rome? Its merchants are agreed: Parking. They want municipal attention given to the problem, expressing a willingness to participate in a benefit assessment parking district.

June 26, 1952

St. John the Baptist building fund has reached $220,000. The goal is $250,000.

The Rome area is in a heat wave with temperatures at an even 100.

Today is Tuesday, June 26, the 178th day of 2012. There are 188 days left in the year.

Today in History

On June 26, 1912, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 in D major premiered in Vienna more than a year after the composer’s death; Bruno Walter conducted the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

On this date:

In 1483, Richard III began his reign as King of England (he was crowned the following month at Westminster Abbey).

In 1870, the first section of Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk was opened to the public.

In 1911, John J. McDermott became the first American-born golf player to win the U.S. Open, played in Chicago.

In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for a second term of office by delegates to the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia.

In 1945, the charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco.

In 1948, the Berlin Airlift began in earnest after the Soviet Union cut off land and water routes to the isolated western sector of Berlin.

In 1950, President Harry S. Truman authorized the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean conflict.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he famously declared, "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner).

In 1973, former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an "enemies list" kept by the Nixon White House.

In 1987, Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. announced his retirement, leaving a vacancy that was filled by Anthony M. Kennedy.

In 1988, three people were killed when a new Airbus A320 jetliner carrying more than 130 people crashed into a forest during a demonstration at an air show in Mulhouse (muh-LOOZ’), France.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush went back on his "no-new-taxes" campaign pledge, conceding that tax increases would have to be included in any deficit-reduction package worked out with congressional negotiators.

Ten years ago

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools was unconstitutional because the words "under God" had been inserted by Congress in 1954. (The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the decision in 2004 on a technicality.) The Group of Eight nations, meeting in Canada, announced that Russia would be made a full-fledged member of the elite group. Chinese basketball star Yao Ming was selected first overall by the Houston Rockets in the NBA draft.

Today’s Birthdays

Actress Eleanor Parker is 90. Jazz musician-film composer Dave Grusin is 78. Actor Josef Sommer is 78. Singer Billy Davis Jr. is 72. Rock singer Georgie Fame is 69. Actor Clive Francis is 66. Rhythm-and-blues singer Brenda Holloway is 66. Actor Michael Paul Chan is 62. Actor Robert Davi is 61.

Singer-musician Mick Jones is 57. Actor Gedde Watanabe is 57. Rock singer Chris Isaak is 56. Rock singer Patty Smyth is 55. Singer Terri Nunn (Berlin) is 51. Rock singer Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays) is 49. Rock musician Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) is 43. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson is 42. Actor Sean Hayes is 42. Actor Matt Letscher is 42. Actor Chris O’Donnell is 42. Actor Nick Offerman is 42.

Actress Rebecca Budig is 39. MLB All-Star player Derek Jeter is 38. Country singer Gretchen Wilson is 38. Rock musician Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon) is 33. Pop-rock singer-musician Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) is 33. Actor-musician Jason Schwartzman is 32. Actress-singer Jennette McCurdy is 20.

Thought for Today

"You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea." - Pearl S. Buck, American author (born this date in 1892, died in 1973).