10 years ago
June 25, 2009: Emotions were high at the Potsdam civic center Wednesday morning, when a state inspector came to investigate claims of asbestos contamination in the building. Village workers are rattled by the deaths of two co-workers of cancer in the past month. Even though two tests have shown that the air quality in the building is safe, people are widely concerned about health issues in the complex.
25 years ago
June 25, 1994: A tractor trailer’s tall load of demolished cars struck an overpass on Interstate 81 in Adams Friday, scattering debris across the highway and causing the fuel line on another truck to be cut. There were no injuries in the accident, which happened near the Kellogg Hill exit. Two cars were damaged by airborne debris.
50 years ago
June 25, 1969: David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower — grandson and daughter of U.S presidents — will be in Massena Friday afternoon when President Nixon and Prime Minister Trudeau rededicate the St. Lawrence seaway and hydro-electric power facilities. It will be the first upstate visit by David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon since their marriage last Dec. in New York city.
75 years ago
June 25, 1944: The four-button army instrument panel, previously used to communicate air raid warning signals from the Fighter Command to the Watertown area for both actual and practice blackouts, has been removed from the police station — a move which presumably indicates elimination of any further day or blackout tests. The aircraft warning service has already been eliminated and no longer are the spotters posts in operation.
100 years ago
June 25, 1919: Next year’s automobile plates will be a green and black combination, the background being a light pea green, the numerals being black, with the hyphenated effect. The new plates will present a pleasing combination of color. They will be the same size as this year’s but with some slight changes which will prevent imitations on the part of unscrupulous motorists.
125 years ago
June 25, 1894: It was a Watertown party who rescued the three soldiers who were capsized at Sackets Harbor yesterday. The party consisted of Loveland Paddock, J. T. Raplee, Charles Nimmocks and others.
150 years ago
June 25, 1869: The Steamship United Kingdom, which left New York, April 17th, has not yet been heard from. Clark Wilson, of Watertown, took passage in her for England, and the probabilities are that we shall never hear any tidings of his fate. The theory is that the ship struck an ice berg and was sunk.
1857: Gustave Flaubert goes on trial for public immorality regarding his novel, Madame Bovary.
1868: The U.S. Congress enacts legislation granting an eight-hour day to workers employed by the federal government.
1876: Lt. Col. George A. Custer and over 260 men of the Seventh Cavalry are wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Bighorn in Montana.
1903: Marie Curie announces her discovery of radium.
1946: Ho Chi Minh travels to France for talks on Vietnamese independence.
1950: North Korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War.
1962: The U.S. Supreme Court bans official prayers in public schools.
1964: President Lyndon Johnson orders 200 naval personnel to Mississippi to assist in finding three missing civil rights workers.
1973: White House Counsel John Dean admits President Richard Nixon took part in the Watergate cover-up.
1986: Congress approves $100 million in aid to the Contras fighting in Nicaragua.
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