Tabloid Tales of the Past

Aug. 8, 2002

Workers were trying to plug a leak today in the new $310,000 pool at Rome Free Academy.

Preliminary estimates for Grievance Day appeals of property assessments indicate 142 applications were filed, according to the Assessor’s Office.

Aug. 8, 1992

BOONVILLE — Thomas Stocklosa, one of about 50 deer farmers across the state, and his family are operating a ranch on Domser Road. The fallow deer are popular with deer ranchers because they’re slightly bigger than wild deer, growing to about 125 pounds.

Aug. 8, 1982

Downed power lines in the 600 block of Park drive have left residents there without electricity following a series of explosion.

Aug. 8, 1972

The Board of Estimate and Contract denied requests from City Clerk Anthony T. Taverna for a salary increase and for an additional clerk for his office.

Aug. 8, 1962

Agreement has been reached by Rome Industrial Development Corp. and Thomas Plasti-Kraft Inc. for sale to that firm of Building Seven in the Rome Industrial Center. The property was given to the Rome Community Chest by General Cable Corp.

Aug. 8, 1952

The 53rd annual meeting of Oneida County Volunteer Fire Departments is in session in Rome.

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 8, the 221st day of 2012. There are 145 days left in the year.

Today in History

On Aug. 8, 1942, during World War II, six Nazi saboteurs who were captured after landing in the U.S. were executed in Washington, D.C.; two others who’d cooperated with authorities were spared.

On this date:

In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for St. Helena to spend the remainder of his days in exile.

In 1911, President William Howard Taft signed a measure raising the number of U.S. representatives from 391 to 433, effective with the next Congress, with a proviso to add two more when New Mexico and Arizona became states.

In 1937, during the Second Sino-Japanese War, Japan completed its occupation of Beijing.

In 1945, President Harry S. Truman signed the U.S. instrument of ratification for the United Nations Charter. The Soviet Union declared war against Japan during World War II.

In 1953, the United States and South Korea initialed a mutual security pact.

In 1963, Britain’s "Great Train Robbery" took place as thieves made off with 2.6 million pounds in banknotes.

In 1968, the Republican national convention in Miami Beach nominated Richard Nixon for president on the first ballot.

In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew branded as "damned lies" reports he had taken kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland, and vowed not to resign - which he ended up doing.

In 1974, President Richard Nixon announced his resignation, effective the next day, following damaging new revelations in the Watergate scandal.

In 1978, the U.S. launched Pioneer Venus 2, which carried scientific probes to study the atmosphere of Venus.

In 1992, AIDS activist Alison Gertz died in Westhampton Beach, Long Island, N.Y., at age 26.

In 1994, Israel and Jordan opened the first road link between the two once-warring countries.

Ten years ago:

Saddam Hussein organized a big military parade and then warned "the forces of evil" not to attack Iraq as he sought once more to shift the debate away from world demands that he live up to agreements that ended the Gulf War. Bankrupt telecommunications firm WorldCom said it had uncovered another $3.3 billion in bogus accounting, adding to the $3.85 billion fraud it had revealed in June.

Today’s Birthdays

Actress Esther Williams is 91. Actor Richard Anderson is 86. Joan Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, is 82. Actress Nita Talbot is 82. Singer Mel Tillis is 80. Actor Dustin Hoffman is 75. Actress Connie Stevens is 74. Country singer Phil Balsley (The Statler Brothers) is 73. Actor Larry Wilcox is 65. Actor Keith Carradine is 63. Rhythm-and-blues singer Airrion Love (The Stylistics) is 63. Country singer Jamie O’Hara is 62. Movie director Martin Brest is 61. Middle distance runner Suzy Favor-Hamilton is 44. Rock singer Scott Stapp is 39. Country singer Mark Wills is 39. Actor Kohl Sudduth is 38. Rock musician Tom Linton (Jimmy Eat World) is 37. Singer JC Chasez (‘N Sync) is 36. Actress Tawny Cypress is 36. Rhythm-and-blues singer Drew Lachey (98 Degrees) is 36. Actress Meagan Good is 31. Britain’s Princess Beatrice of York is 24. Actor Ken Baumann is 23.

Thought for Today

"We probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do." - Olin Miller, American humorist and poet (1918-2002).