10 years ago
June 16, 2009: TV50 will begin airing WSYR-TV’s half-hour newscast at 11 p.m. Monday, ending the Watertown station’s almost five-year absence from the late-night news business. David J. Males, the station’s vice president and general manager, said WWTI also “more than likely” will add Newschannel 9’s 6 p.m. newscast in September. Three WWTI employees, including a reporter/anchor, were laid off 11 days ago, and a five-minute, early evening news break was scuttled.
25 years ago
June 16, 1994: The new municipal pool in Greenbelt Park, Ogdensburg, is not open yet, but that did not stop a group of youths from giving into Wednesday’s high temperatures and going for a dip. City police were called to the pool at 7:20 p.m. and the illicit swimmers on their way. Police also notified the parks and recreation office to say the pool, which will open in a few weeks, was not secure.
50 years ago
June 16, 1969: The Harrisville Fire Department have placed an order for an ambulance. The two-patient capacity vehicle will include a newly designed elevating cot for cardiac patient transfer. Currently the fire department has ten men with emergency medical care training and additional training classes for other firemen is being scheduled.
75 years ago
June 16, 1944: A coil which burned out at the city’s power plant caused practically all of the street lights to be out from 10:30 p.m. Thursday until 2:30 this morning. The police department was deluged with telephone calls from persons believing there was a blackout.
100 years ago
June 16, 1919: Nearly 150 newsies of this city are expected to attend the first annual picnic and outing to be held at Campbell’s Point, Saturday. Practically all of the regular carriers and the street newsboys will be present. There will be a shoe scramble, antelope race, and a baseball game between the Watertown Times and the Standard carriers. About 3 they will leave the Point for Watertown so as to be right on the job when the paper comes off the press an hour later.
125 years ago
June 16, 1894: A party of prominent capitalists visited the Thousand Islands Wednesday, and rumors are rife that some new boat line or hotel will be established. They left here on Superintendent E. G. Russell’s observation locomotive “Ontario,” and went to Clayton, stopping at the Thousand Island and Central parks and dining at the Crossmon. The party included John F. Moffett, Mayor H. F. Inglehart, A. D. Remington and W. W. Taggart.
150 years ago
June 16, 1869: The Watertown Band, last evening, tendered Mayor Flower a complimentary serenade, at his residence, on Washington street. He responded very briefly, and invited them to partake of refreshments.
1910: The first Father’s Day is celebrated in Spokane, Wash.
1932: The ban on Nazi storm troopers is lifted by the von Papen government in Germany.
1952: Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl is published in the United States.
1971: An El Greco sketch, “The Immaculate Conception,” stolen in Spain 35 years earlier, is recovered in New York City by the FBI.