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Aug. 14, 2002

TOWN OF LEE — A $50,000 state grant to help pay for the new state police satellite station in the Town of Lee has been secured by Sen. Raymond A. Meier, R-47, Western.

A deal was cut Tuesday night that will merge Herkimer County Trust into the Savings Bank of Utica.

Aug. 14, 1992

A potential $600,000 in savings is possible under a 911 emergency telephone system planned by the county. The savings will depend on action by local cities, towns and villages.

Aug. 14, 1982

About 10 residences along Holmes Road in the Town of Lee were without water for more than 20 hours after Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. crews broke a main while installing a power pole.

Aug. 14, 1972

The Rome United Way has set its 1973 campaign goal at $375,000, according to Robert Morris, campaign chairman. Preliminary requests had totaled $450,000.,

Aug. 14, 1962

The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Edward P. Buttimer, pastor of St. Peter’s Church, has been appointed dean of Madison and Onieda counties for the Syracuse diocese.

Aug. 14, 1952

The city, using its own labor force, is resurfacing the 100 block of West Court Street.

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 14, the 227th day of 2012. There are 139 days left in the year.

Today in History

On Aug. 14, 1962, robbers held up a U.S. mail truck in Plymouth, Mass., making off with more than $1.5 million; the loot has never been recovered.

On this date:

In 1848, the Oregon Territory was created.

In 1908, a race riot erupted in Springfield, Ill., as a white mob began setting black-owned homes and businesses on fire; at least two blacks and five whites were killed in the violence.

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law.

In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued the Atlantic Charter, a statement of principles that renounced aggression.

In 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II.

In 1947, Pakistan became independent of British rule.

In 1948, the Summer Olympics in London ended; they were the first Olympic games held since 1936.

In 1951, newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, 88, died in Beverly Hills, Calif.

In 1969, British troops went to Northern Ireland to intervene in sectarian violence between Protestants and Roman Catholics.

In 1973, U.S. bombing of Cambodia came to a halt.

In 1992, the White House announced that the Pentagon would begin emergency airlifts of food to Somalia to alleviate mass deaths by starvation. Federal judge John J. Sirica, who had presided over the Watergate trials, died in Washington at age 88.

In 1997, an unrepentant Timothy McVeigh was formally sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing.

Ten years ago

Mexican President Vicente Fox angrily canceled a scheduled meeting with President George W. Bush hours after Texas executed Javier Suarez Medina, a Mexican national, for killing Dallas police officer Lawrence Cadena. Pop artist pioneer Larry Rivers died in Southampton, N.Y., at age 78.

Five years ago

Teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan transformed the space shuttle Endeavour and space station into a classroom for her first educational session from orbit, fulfilling the legacy of Christa McAuliffe, who died in the Challenger disaster. Toy company Mattel recalled 18.6 million lead-tainted, Chinese-made toys worldwide, its second such recall in as many weeks.

Today’s Birthdays

Broadway lyricist Lee Adams ("Bye Bye Birdie") is 88. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Russell Baker is 87. Singer Buddy Greco is 86. Baseball Hall of Fame coach Earl Weaver is 82. College Football Hall of Famer John Brodie is 77. Actress Susan Olsen is 51. Actress-turned-fashion/interior designer Cristi Conaway is 48. Rock musician Keith Howland (Chicago) is 48. Actress Halle Berry is 46. Actress Catherine Bell is 44. Country musician Cody McCarver (Confederate Railroad) is 44. Rock musician Kevin Cadogan is 42. Actor Scott Michael Campbell is 41. Actress Lalanya Masters is 40. Actor Christopher Gorham is 38. Actress Mila Kunis is 29.

Thought for Today

"The aims of life are the best defense against death." - Primo Levi, Italian chemist and writer (1919-1987).