Tabloid Tales of the Past

Aug. 3, 2002

Three interns have been lending a hand at Fort Stanwix National Monument, learning lessons they hope to apply in grad school and in their professions.

Dennis Pettinelli, past president of the Rotary Club of Belmont, Calif., was on hand at the Tuesday meeting of Rome Rotary to present two Paul Harris Fellow Awards to his sister, Patricia Girouard, and brother-in-law, Roger Girouard, both of Rome.

Aug. 3, 1992

Scurrying Republicaqns picked Angelo Albanese, a 15-year mayor of the village of Manlius, to run against state Sen. Nancy Larraine Hoffmann.

Aug. 3, 1982

Seven of the 59 cafeteria positions in the Rome School System will be cut this fall — four through attrition — in the wake of continued financial losses and sharply reduced student participation.

Aug. 3, 1972

Fifteen city officials and businessmen traveled to Columbia, Md., yesterday to inspect a structural system for a roof on an enclosed shopping mall.

Aug. 3, 1962

History was made on the site of Rome 185 years ago. On Aug. 3, 1777, the garrison of besieged Fort Stanwix, in what is now central Rome, raised a handmade flag over the southwest bastion. Tradition says it was the first Stars and Stripes flown in the face of the enemy.

Aug. 3, 1952

A 10-day, no-rain period has ended with heavy thundershowers. Temperatures have dropped considerably.

Today is Friday, Aug. 3, the 216th day of 2012. There are 150 days left in the year.

Today in History

On Aug. 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas.

On this date:

In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr went on trial before a federal court in Richmond, Va., charged with treason. (He was acquitted less than a month later.)

In 1914, Germany declared war on France at the onset of World War I.

In 1921, baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis refused to reinstate the former Chicago White Sox players implicated in the "Black Sox" scandal, despite their acquittals in a jury trial.

In 1936, Jesse Owens of the United States won the first of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics as he took the 100-meter sprint.

In 1943, Gen. George S. Patton slapped a private at an army hospital in Sicily, accusing him of cowardice. (Patton was later ordered by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to apologize for this and a second, similar episode.)

In 1949, the National Basketball Association was formed as a merger of the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.

Today’s Birthdays

Author P.D. James is 92. Singer Gordon Stoker (The Jordanaires) is 88. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Marv Levy is 87. Singer Tony Bennett is 86. Actor Martin Sheen is 72. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth is 72. Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 71. Singer Beverly Lee (The Shirelles) is 71. Rock musician B.B. Dickerson is 63. Movie director John Landis is 62. (Dream) is 27.

Thought for Today

"Many of us spend half of our time wishing for things we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing." - Alexander Woollcott, American critic (1887-1943).