Looking backward 5

The north

10 years ago

June 10, 2009: The security system at Flower Memorial Library in Watertown is only two months old, but it’s already producing results. The indoor cameras have helped catch a cell phone thief and sort out an “altercation” between two patrons. Three outdoor cameras will be installed by summer’s end.

25 years ago

June 10, 1994: Belleville Henderson Central School District has traditionally taken children to Southwick Beach State Park in the town of Ellisburg for a special field trip at the end of the school year. This year they will stay within school grounds, citing concerns about recent incidents in the area. In May, two elementary pupils waiting for a school bus on Route 3 were approached by a stranger who offered them a ride.

50 years ago

June 10, 1969: Gouverneur Garden Club will hold a “Flower-In” Thursday at First Presbyterian Church. The arrangement schedule will include: “Flower Power,” a riot of color; “Your Own Thing,” a Zodiac composition; “Peace Corps,” foreign country; “Long Hot Summer,” a dried arrangement; “Up, Up and Away,” abstract; and “Love,” an all white arrangement.

75 years ago

June 10, 1944: Something definite must be done about the dog nuisance in Massena, the village board decided at the regular meeting this week. Frank A. Robillard, trustee, said that he had received numerous complaints from property owners and war workers. The dogs are allowed to run lose at night, travelling in packs, and they bark at all hours, disturbing the sleep of the war workers.

100 years ago

June 10, 1919: Farm work throughout Jefferson county was slowed up to a considerable extent this week according to reports from rural mail carriers working out of the local post office. The rural mail carriers themselves have felt the effects of the heat and have had to travel slowly so as not to prostrate their horses.

125 years ago

June 10, 1894: The Men’s Aid society of Stone street church held a debate last evening, on the subject of woman’s suffrage, the discussion taking the form of the question, “Ought the word ‘male’ to be stricken from the constitution”? On the merits of the arguments the umpires decided in the negative.

150 years ago

June 10, 1869: On careful investigation it is decided that the Black Gross Gram Silk which Augsbury & Moore are now selling at $2.00 per yard, is much better for the price than any in market. They also have a fair quality of silk for $1.80 per yard. Look at it at the one price corner store.

The world


1190: Frederick Barbarossa drowns in a river while leading an army of the Third Crusade.

1692: Bridget Bishop is hanged in Salem, Mass., for witchcraft.

1776: The Continental Congress appoints a committee to write a Declaration of Independence.

1801: Tripoli declares war on the U.S. for refusing to pay tribute.

1854: The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, holds its first graduation.

1861: Dorothea Dix is appointed superintendent of female nurses for the Union army.

1864: At the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads in Mississippi, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest defeats the numerically superior Union troops.

1898: U.S. Marines land in Cuba.

1905: Japan and Russia agree to peace talks brokered by President Theodore Roosevelt.

1909: An SOS signal is transmitted for the first time in an emergency when the Cunard liner SS Slavonia is wrecked off the Azores.

1916: Mecca, under control of the Turks, falls to the Arabs during the Great Arab Revolt.

1920: The Republican convention in Chicago endorses women’s suffrage.

1924: The Italian socialist leader Giacomo Matteotti is kidnapped and assassinated by Fascists in Rome.

1925: Tennessee adopts a new biology text book denying the theory of evolution.

1940: The Norwegian army capitulates to the Germans.

1942: Germany razes the town of Lidice, Czechoslovakia and kills more than 1,300 citizens in retribution of the murder of Reinhard Heydrich.

1943: The Allies begin bombing Germany around the clock.

1944: The U.S. VII and V corps, advancing from Normandy’s beaches, link up and begin moving inland.

1948: The news that the sound barrier has been broken is finally released to the public by the U.S. Air Force. Chuck Yeager, piloting the rocket airplane X-1, exceeded the speed of sound on October 14, 1947.

1963: Buddhist monk Ngo Quang Duc dies by self immolation in Saigon to protest persecution by the Diem government.

1970: A 15-man group of special forces troops begin training for Operation Kingpin, a POW rescue mission in North Vietnam.

1985: The Israeli army pulls out of Lebanon after 1,099 days of occupation.

1999: Serb forces begin their withdrawal from Kosovo after signing an agreement with the NATO powers.

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