Tabloid Tales of the Past

Aug. 23, 2002

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority wants to make sure it is a drug-free workplace by requiring regular random testing of all employees starting Sept. 1

NEW HARTFORD — Eighteen hourly manufacturing employees will be laid off at Special Metals Corp. Monday —the company citing an extreme downturn in the aerospace industry as the reason for the cuts.

Aug. 23, 1992

Sports fans may have to dig deeper in their pockets to buy tickets to see the Rome Free Academy boys play sports this year. The Board of Education will consider a proposal to increase ticket prices from $2 to $3 for adults, and from $1 to $1.50 for students.

Aug. 23, 1982

Employees of Rome Developmental Center will conduct three days of informational picketing at the state institution’s Route 365 entrance, beginning Wednesday, in an attempt to heighten public awareness of their staffing problems.

Aug. 23, 1972

B.S. McCarey Co., Rome, will build the Rite Aid warehouse at West Rome Industrial Park. It will be approximately 207,000 square feet and will have a payroll of 175.

Aug. 23, 1962

A barn and a two-stall garage on the Robert E. Webster farm on the Fish Creek Landing Road off the New London-Vienna Road have been destroyed by fire.

Aug. 23, 1952

Joseph R. Magno has opened a shoe store at 105 N. Washington St.

Today is Thursday, Aug. 23, the 236th day of 2012. There are 130 days left in the year.

Today in History

On Aug. 23, 1912, actor, dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly was born Eugene Curran Kelly in Pittsburgh.

On this date:

In 1305, Scottish rebel leader Sir William Wallace was executed by the English for treason.

In 1775, Britain’s King George III proclaimed the American colonies to be in a state of "open and avowed rebellion."

In 1858, "Ten Nights in a Bar-room," a play by Timothy Shay Arthur about the perils of alcohol, opened in New York.

In 1914, Japan declared war against Germany in World War I.

In 1926, silent film star Rudolph Valentino died in New York at age 31.

In 1927, amid protests, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in Boston for the murders of two men during a 1920 robbery.

In 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agreed to a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, in Moscow.

In 1944, Romanian prime minister Ion Antonescu was dismissed by King Michael, paving the way for Romania to abandon the Axis in favor of the Allies.

In 1962, John Lennon married his first wife, Cynthia Powell, in Liverpool, England. (The marriage lasted until 1968.)

In 1972, the Republican National Convention, meeting in Miami Beach, nominated Vice President Spiro T. Agnew for a second term.

Five years ago

A report by top U.S. spy analysts concluded the Iraqi government was strained by rampant violence, deep sectarian differences among its political parties and stymied leadership. Reality TV star Nicole Richie spent 82 minutes in a Los Angeles County jail to complete a four-day sentence for driving under the influence of drugs.

Today’s Birthdays

Actress Vera Miles is 82. Political satirist Mark Russell is 80. Actress Barbara Eden is 78. Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen is 78. Actor Richard Sanders is 72. Ballet dancer Patricia McBride is 70. Former Surgeon General Antonia Novello is 68. Pro Football Hall of Famer Rayfield Wright is 67. Country singer Rex Allen Jr. is 65. Singer Linda Thompson is 65. Actress Shelley Long is 63. Actor-singer Rick Springfield is 63. Country singer-musician Woody Paul (Riders in the Sky) is 63. Queen Noor of Jordan is 61. Actor-producer Mark Hudson is 61. MLB All-Star pitcher Mike Boddicker is 55. Rock musician Dean DeLeo (Army of Anyone; Stone Temple Pilots) is 51. Tejano singer Emilio Navaira (nah-VY’-rah) is 50. Country musician Ira Dean (Trick Pony) is 43. Actor Jay Mohr is 42. Actor Ray Park is 38. Actor Scott Caan is 36. Country singer Shelly Fairchild is 35. Figure skater Nicole Bobek is 35. Rock singer Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) is 34. NBA player Kobe Bryant is 34. Actress Joanne Froggatt is 32. Actress Annie Ilonzeh is 29. Dance musician Sky Blu is 26.

Thought for Today

"A wise man without a book is like a workman with no tools." - Moroccan proverb.