Tabloid Tales of the Past

July 3, 2002

VERNON — With the short-term objective of being licensed to complete its 50th season accomplished, Vernon Downs can renew planning for the installation of video lottery terminals at the harness track.

The Slocum-Dickson Foundation has awarded Utica College a private grant in the amount of $3,000.

July 3, 1992

Rome native Mark B. Ellis’ life is a circus. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett D. Ellis, 8250 Pennystreet Road, plays a trumpet in the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus, which is coming to the area Monday.

July 3, 1982

The wisdom of a city plan to build a senior citizen apartment building on a prime commercial development parcel downtown is being debated with banks and merchants lining up on opposite sides of the issue. Catholic Charities is local sponsor for the project, proposed to be built west of Rome Savings Bank and south of Rome Bargain Center.

July 3, 1972

John E. Deal Jr. has been elected president of the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School Board of Education for the 14th consecutive year.

July 3, 1962

The access road to link Griffiss Air Force Base with Black River Boulevard at Chestnut Street is reported to be 65 percent complete.

July 3, 1952

The Federal Civil Service Commission has certified the names of Clarence E. Gurly, acting Postmaster Anthony J. LaGatta and assistant Postmaster J.L. Frank for nomination as postmaster of Rome. President Truman will send the name of one of these to Congress for approval.

Today is Tuesday, July 3, the 185th day of 2012. There are 181 days left in the year.

Today in History

On July 3, 1962, French President Charles de Gaulle signed an agreement recognizing Algeria as an independent state after 132 years of French rule. (The same day, U.S. President John F. Kennedy sent a congratulatory message to the Algerian people.)

On this date:

In 1608, the city of Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain.

In 1775, Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.

In 1863, the three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops retreated.

In 1890, Idaho became the 43rd state of the Union.

In 1898, the U.S. Navy defeated a Spanish fleet outside Santiago Bay in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

In 1944, during World War II, Soviet forces recaptured Minsk.

In 1950, the first carrier strikes of the Korean War took place as the USS Valley Forge and the HMS Triumph sent fighter planes against North Korean targets.

In 1971, singer Jim Morrison of The Doors died in Paris at age 27.

In 1979, Dan White, convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone (mahs-KOH’-nee) and Supervisor Harvey Milk, was sentenced to 7 years and 8 months in prison. (He ended up serving 5 years.)

In 1987, British millionaire Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand became the first hot-air balloon travelers to cross the Atlantic, jumping into the sea as their craft went down off the Scottish coast.

In 1988, the USS Vincennes shot down an Iran Air jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.

In 1992, the first U.S. Air Force C-130 from Operation Provide Promise arrived in the besieged Bosnian capital of Sarajevo.

Ten years ago

Jean-Marie Messier (zhan muh-REE’ meh-see-AY’), chairman of Vivendi Universal, was formally removed from his post and replaced by Jean-Rene Fourtou of the pharmaceutical company Aventis.

Five years ago

President George W. Bush refused to rule out an eventual pardon for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby after already commuting his prison sentence in the CIA leak case (as it turned out, Bush didn’t pardon Libby). Japan’s defense minister (Fumio Kyuma) resigned after drawing furious criticism for suggesting the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were inevitable. The Alinghi team from Switzerland succeeded in defending sailing’s coveted America’s Cup, beating Emirates Team New Zealand 5-2. Saxophonist Boots Randolph ("Yakety Sax") died in Nashville at age 80.

Today’s Birthdays

Actor Tim O’Connor is 85. Jazz musician Pete Fountain is 82. Playwright Tom Stoppard is 75. Writer-producer Jay Tarses is 73. Singer Fontella Bass is 72. Attorney Gloria Allred is 71. Actor Kurtwood Smith is 69. Actor Michael Cole ("The Mod Squad") is 67. Country singer Johnny Lee is 66. Humorist Dave Barry is 65. Actress Betty Buckley is 65. Rock singer-musician Paul Barrere (Little Feat) is 64. Actress Jan Smithers is 63. Actor Bruce Altman is 57. Actress-singer Shawnee Smith is 43. Actress-singer Audra McDonald is 42. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is 41. Actor Patrick Wilson is 39. Country singer Trent Tomlinson is 37. Actress Andrea Barber is 36. Singer Shane Lynch (Boyzone) is 36. Actor Ian Anthony Dale is 34. Actress Elizabeth Hendrickson is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Tonia Tash (Divine) is 33. Country singer-songwriter Sarah Buxton is 32. Actress Shoshannah Stern is 32. Actor Grant Rosenmeyer is 21. Actress Kelsey Batelaan is 17.

Thought for Today

"Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little." - Edna Ferber, American author and playwright (1885-1968).