Tabloid Tales of the Past

July 28, 2002

MARCY — Two young adults not wearing seat belts were critically injured when the 1998 Chevrolet Corsica they were riding in flipped over at the Burton Manor and Trenton Road intersection Sunday afternoon. Unsafe speed was a factor in the crash, state police said.

July 28, 1992

Fifty years of waiting are over, and stamp enthusiasts are happy that today they can see what they fought for. The Postal Service has released photos of the new commemorative stamp honoring the Pledge of Allegiance and the simple, uncluttered 29-cent design that will start gracing envelopes starting Sept. 8.

July 28, 1982

Radar — which generally doesn’t show something that isn’t there — has picked up "flying saucers" near the nation’s capital for the second time within a week. Jet fighter pilots have searched the skies around Washington but have been unable to locate the unidentified objects.

July 28, 1962

Authorization for construction of 135 additional military family housing units at Griffiss Air Force Base is included in a construction measure approved by President Kennedy. The units will be erected in a section of the Hazelton-Wright Park area to be known as Woodhaven.

July 28, 1952

The Air Force says it is still checking the flying saucer reports which have sprung up around the country in the last few days. It is certain of only one thing — the saucers of whatever they are don’t seem to be a menace to the United States.

Today is Saturday, July 28, the 210th day of 2012. There are 156 days left in the year.

Today in History

On July 28, 1932, federal troops acting at the order of President Herbert Hoover forcibly dispersed the so-called "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans who had gathered by the thousands in Washington to demand payments they weren’t scheduled to receive until 1945.

On this date:

In 1540, King Henry VIII’s chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed, the same day Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.

In 1609, the English ship Sea Venture, commanded by Adm. Sir George Somers, ran ashore on Bermuda, where the passengers and crew founded a colony.

In 1794, Maximilien Robespierre, a leading figure of the French Revolution, was sent to the guillotine.

In 1821, Peru declared its independence from Spain.

In 1914, World War I began as Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

In 1928, the Summer Olympic games opened in Amsterdam.

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced the end of coffee rationing, which had limited people to one pound of coffee every five weeks since it began in Nov. 1942.

In 1945, a U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York’s Empire State Building, killing 14 people. The U.S. Senate ratified the United Nations Charter by a vote of 89-2.

In 1959, in preparation for statehood, Hawaiians voted to send the first Chinese-American, Republican Hiram L. Fong, to the U.S. Senate and the first Japanese-American, Democrat Daniel K. Inouye, to the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 1962, 19 passengers were killed when a Pennsylvania Railroad Co. train enroute from Harrisburg to Philadelphia derailed in Steelton.

In 1976, an earthquake devastated northern China, killing at least 242,000 people, according to an official estimate.

In 1990, political newcomer and upset winner Alberto Fujimori was sworn in for his first term as president of Peru.

Ten years ago

Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset, Pa., were rescued after 77 hours underground. Speaking publicly on the church abuse scandal for the first time, Pope John Paul II told young Catholics in Toronto that sexual abuse of children by priests "fills us all with a deep sense of sadness and shame." Cycling champion Lance Armstrong won his fourth straight Tour de France.

Today’s Birthdays

Movie director Andrew V. McLaglen is 92. Actor Darryl Hickman is 81. Ballet dancer-choreographer Jacques d’Amboise is 78. Art critic Robert Hughes is 74. Musical conductor Riccardo Muti is 71. Former Senator and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Bradley is 69. "Garfield" creator Jim Davis is 67. Singer Jonathan Edwards is 66. Actress Linda Kelsey is 66. TV producer Dick Ebersol is 65. Actress Sally Struthers is 64. Actress Georgia Engel is 64. Rock musician Simon Kirke (Bad Company) is 63. The president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, is 58. Rock musician Steve Morse (Deep Purple) is 58. CBS anchorman Scott Pelley is 55. Alt-country-rock musician Marc Perlman is 51. Actor Michael Hayden is 49. Actress Lori Loughlin is 48. Jazz musician-producer Delfeayo Marsalis is 47. Former hockey player turned general manager Garth Snow is 43.

Thought for Today

"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich." - From the Tao Te Ching, the sacred book of Taoism.