Looking backward 6

The north

10 years ago

June 11, 2009: State police and the U.S. Secret Service are investigating a threat on the life of President Obama, made Wednesday afternoon outside Watertown. Jefferson County emergency dispatch received a 911 call about 12:30 p.m. from a person parked at the Salvation Army Family Store on outer Arsenal Street. “I will pay you to go to Washington and shoot Obama,” the stranger was quoted as saying. The man with the proposal then drove away, his identity unknown.

25 years ago

June 11, 1994: A bus chartered by the state said to be transporting people visiting inmates at a north country prison slid off the pavement at a rest area between exits 42 and 43 on Interstate 81, state police said. Three or four people, apparently suffering minor injuries when climbing off the bus, were taken to the Samaritan Medical Center.

50 years ago

June 11, 1969: Picket lines have now been set up by union laborers at some construction projects in four north counties. Their strike is now in its second week, continuing in the wake of failure to resolve contract differences in negotiations with members of the Northern New York Builders Exchange.

75 years ago

June 11, 1944: The Wise Dress company of New York city, which has a store in Watertown, is negotiating for the purchase of the former Watertown National bank building at the corner of Court street and Public Square. The Watertown National Bank took over the business and headquarters of the Jefferson County National Bank at the southwest corner of Washington and Stone streets last Sept.

100 years ago

June 11, 1919: About 100 persons attended the illustrated lecture under the auspices of the Watertown Association for the Blind on the prevention of blindness at the Lyric theatre Sunday afternoon. That a large portion of the audience was persons already suffering from defective eyesight was indicated by the fact that the majority wore glasses.

125 years ago

June 11, 1894: Will the monarch who presides over the street sprinkler please put his foot down hard and shut off the water when he passes over the crosswalks? The ladies would like him much better if he would do this.

150 years ago

June 11, 1869: There is a great interest and excitement in Rochester over the bloom of the century plant, but a Flower will bloom in the city of Watertown on the evening of the 15th, which will remain in blossom for two years, and its fragrance will be grateful to all parties and classes.

The world


1346: Charles IV of Luxembourg is elected Holy Roman Emperor.

1509: Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon.

1770: Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef.

1798: Napoleon Bonaparte takes the island of Malta.

1861: Union forces under General George B. McClellan repulse a Confederate force at Rich Mountain in western Virginia.

1865: Major General Henry W. Halleck finds documents and archives of the Confederate government in Richmond, Virginia. This discovery will lead to the publication of the official war records.

1895: Charles E. Duryea receives the first U.S. patent granted to an American inventor for a gasoline-driven automobile.

1903: King Alexander and Queen Draga of Belgrade are assassinated by members of the Serbia army.

1915: British troops take Cameroon in Africa.

1927: Charles Lindbergh, a captain in the US Army Air Corps Reserve, receives the first Distinguished Flying Cross ever awarded, for his solo trans-Atlantic flight.

1930: William Beebe, of the New York Zoological Society, dives to a record-setting depth of 1,426 feet off the coast of Bermuda, in a diving chamber called a bathysphere.

1934: The Disarmament Conference in Geneva ends in failure.

1940: The Italian Air Force bombs the British fortress at Malta in the Mediterranean.

1943: The Italian island of Pantelleria surrenders after a heavy air bombardment.

1944: U.S. carrier-based planes attack Japanese airfields on Guam , Rota, Saipan and Tinian islands, preparing for the invasion of Saipan.

1963: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is arrested in Florida for trying to integrate restaurants.

1967: Israel and Syria accept a U. N. cease-fire.

1987: Margaret Thatcher wins her third consecutive term as Prime Minister.

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