In 1909 Orville Wright sets a world record for staying aloft in an airplane — one hour, 12 minutes and 40 seconds.Shown is a Wright Type A Airplane.

Looking backward

The north

10 years ago

July 27, 2009: KMA Construction, Potsdam, will build three duplexes on Dies Street over the next three years. “It’s nice to have some residential development. We had one new home in the village last year,” Code Enforcement Officer Russell B. “Rusty” Lawrence IV said said. “Renting has become a very viable option.”

25 years ago

July 27, 1994: Friday morning, an official ground-breaking ceremony for a new Carthage Area Rescue Squad facility off Riverside Drive is to be held. The new 5,600-square-foot building will include four truck bays, a large training room, living and sleeping quarters, and a 35-car parking lot. It will replace the squad’s 26-year-old facility on West Street Road at Carthage Area Hospital.

50 years ago

July 27, 1969: Rock Music enthusiasts are in for a treat at the Jefferson County fair Friday afternoon, when a rock band rally is held for the first time. Outstanding groups from this section have entered the contest, which will be held on the stage in front of the grandstand and will compete for awards, as well as an opportunity to enter the New York State Fair rock and roll contest.

75 years ago

July 27, 1944: The board of education of Potsdam District No. 8 met Monday evening and accepted an offer by the Elliot Hardwood company to purchase a two-acre site directly behind the Pine street school for use as a public recreation field. As part of the project the straightening of Pine street brook in that area will also be undertaken. This has long been an eyesore and a mosquito-breeding area.

100 years ago

July 27, 1919: The N.N.Y. Utilities, Inc. has commenced the work of digging a canal in Black River from the Huntington street bridge from the farm known as the Jerome Town place where a power house will be built, where electricity will be generated. To house and feed the 40 men who will work on the project, temporary buildings have been erected and eating cars are at hand.

125 years ago

July 27, 1894: The thermometer at Camp & Massey’s at noon today registered 94 degrees, and none who were on Public Square at that hour will question its truthfulness.

150 years ago

July 27, 1869: Knowlton Bros. have received two Jouval Turbine water-wheels from Westfield, Mass., one costing $1,1000 and the other $750. They have extensive machinery for their new paper-mill making in Boston, Philadelphia, Worcester, Windham and Holyoke.

The world

1214: At the Battle of Bouvines in France, Philip Augustus of France defeats John of England.

1245: Frederick II is deposed by a council at Lyons, which found him guilty of sacrilege.

1586: Sir Walter Raleigh returns to England from Virginia.

1663: The British Parliament passes a second Navigation Act, requiring all goods bound for the colonies be sent in British ships from British ports.

1689: The Scottish Jacobites experience a victory over government-supporting clans at the Battle of Killiecrankie.

1777: The Marquis of Lafayette arrives in New England to help fight the British.

1778: British and French fleets fight to a standoff in the first Battle of Ushant.

1793: Robespierre becomes a member of the Committee of Public Safety.

1861: President Abraham Lincoln replaces General Irwin McDowell with General George B. McClellen as head of the Army of the Potomac.

1905: The International Workers of the World found their labor organization in Chicago.

1909: Orville Wright sets a world record for staying aloft in an airplane — one hour, 12 minutes and 40 seconds.

1914: British troops invade the streets of Dublin, Ireland, and begin to disarm Irish rebels.

1921: Canadians Sir Frederick Banting and Charles Best isolate insulin at the University of Toronto.

1944: U.S. troops complete the liberation of Guam.

1953: Representatives of the United Nations, Korea and China sign an armistice at Panmunjom, Korea.

1964: President Lyndon Johnson sends an additional 5,000 advisers to South Vietnam.

1980: Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran dies in Cairo, Egypt.

1981: William Wyler, director of Ben Hur, dies.

1993: Israeli guns and aircraft pound southern Lebanon in reprisal for rocket attacks by Hezbollah guerrillas.

2002: The largest air show disaster in history occurs when a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes during an air show at Lviv, Ukraine, killing 85 and injuring more than 100 others.

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