10 years ago
June 3, 2009: President Obama has picked Rep. John M. McHugh as the next secretary of the Army. Mr. Obama praised Mr. McHugh, R-Pierrepont Manor, as a “champion of our men and women in uniform” and cited his 16-year career on the House Armed Services Committee, where he will give up the ranking Republican position to serve the Democratic administration if confirmed by the Senate.
25 years ago
June 3, 1994: The number of rides provided on Watertown city buses could decrease by as much as 25 percent if proposed new rates go into effect on July 1, the city’s transit supervisor said. There had been a suggestion to eliminate the bus system, but following a public outcry, City Council members said the system would be preserved, but proposed rate increases.
50 years ago
June 3, 1969: Four members of the 1209th Army garrison unit at Camp Drum were hospitalized Monday evening after lightning struck a power pole adjacent to their barracks. The bolt went through four barracks and into a mess hall before it was spent. The men were shaken up by the electrical charge and spent the night in the Camp Drum post hospital. Two were released this morning.
75 years ago
June 3, 1944: The final services in St. Patrick’s church at Highmarket will be held on Sunday at 10 a.m. and thereafter the mission parish will be incorporated into St. Mary’s church parish of Constableville. St. Patrick’s was built in 1881 when practically every member of the congregation took an active part in its construction.
100 years ago
June 3, 1919: A magazine of 16 pages, issued under the name of Straight Talk, made its first appearance in Gouverneur Saturday. The publication states on its first page that it is “a community house organ issued by Gouverneur business men, who have something to say.” The advertisers are local merchants, other business firms and institutions, and the number taking space in the paper total 87.
125 years ago
June 3, 1894: According to the new regulations the St. Lawrence canals will be closed at 12 P.M. on Saturday and remain closed for twenty-four hours. Formerly they were closed only from 6 A.M. till 9 P.M. Sundays.
150 years ago
June 3, 1869: The silver watch, chain and gold pencil which we described in the Reformer as found in the possession of the burglar Rattan, who entered Mrs. Bates’ residence, have been claimed and taken by Mrs. Whitaker, of Clayton. Rattan and two confederates entered her house a few evenings before coming here.
1098: Christian Crusaders of the First Crusade seize Antioch, Turkey.
1539: Hernando De Soto claims Florida for Spain.
1861: Union troops defeat Confederate forces at Philippi, in western Virginia
1864: Some 7,000 Union troops are killed within 30 minutes during the Battle of Cold Harbor in Virginia.
1888: The classic baseball poem “Casey at the Bat,” written by Ernest L. Thayer, is published in the San Francisco Examiner.
1918: The Finnish Parliament ratifies a treaty with Germany.
1923: In Italy, dictator Benito Mussolini grants women the right to vote.
1928: Manchurian warlord Zhang Zuolin dies as a result of a bomb blast set off by the Japanese.
1938: The German Third Reich votes to confiscate so-called “degenerate art.”
1940:The German Luftwaffe hits Paris with 1,100 bombs.
1942: Japanese carrier-based planes strafe Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands as a diversion of the attack on Midway Island.
1952: A rebellion by North Korean prisoners in the Koje prison camp in South Korea is put down by American troops.
1965: Astronaut Edward White becomes the first American to walk in space when he exits the Gemini 4 space capsule.
1969: 74 American sailors die when the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans was cut in two by an Australian aircraft carrier in the South China Sea.
1974: Charles Colson, an aide to President Richard Nixon, pleads guilty to obstruction of justice.
1989: The Chinese government begins its crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Hundreds are killed and thousands are arrested.
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