10 years ago
May 5, 2009: The redevelopment of the former Frink America site in Clayton is moving forward, slowly but surely. Land planners from Environmental Design & Research, Syracuse, have developed conceptual designs for development of the property. The designs include mixed-use zones for commercial and residential purposes, a hotel, condos and marinas and an extension of Riverside Drive.
25 years ago
May 5, 1994: Cajun Cafe will open a restaurant in the food court of Salmon Run Mall by the first week in June, replacing Gino and Joe’s Pizza, which closed Tuesday, the mall reported. The mall is expecting to sign a prospective tenant for another vacant food court space next month. Of all the space available for leasing in the mall, 90 percent is occupied, slightly above last year’s rate.
50 years ago
May 5, 1969: Approximately 100 citizens crowded the village board room in Potsdam last night, during a meeting of trustees. Most of them were apparently present to voice their concern over the downtown rioting last weekend and to inquire into any plans underway to avoid and/or control a repetition of the destructive actions which occurred.
75 years ago
May 5, 1944: Senator George D. Aiken said today development of navigation and hyro-electric power resources of the St. Lawrence river was “inevitable in our time.” In Watertown this evening, the senator declared that interest was mounting in the proposed St. Lawrence program. Senator Aiken is sponsor of the senate measure bearing his name under which the seaway and power program would be developed as a post-war project.
100 years ago
May 5, 1919: Monday, May 5 may prove an epochal date in the history of Watertown. The first airplane bearing a cargo landed in the city. It was en route from Toronto to New York with a load of pelts. All Watertown turned out to see the aviator as he skimmed the high lands near the Hillcrest farm and gracefully descended on the greens of the Jefferson County Golf Club.
125 years ago
May 5, 1894: Duncan McDonald and “Sandy” Rexford were taken to Canton jail yesterday to await the action of the grand jury. Saturday night the restaurant and saloon of S. H. Hubbard was broken into and some liquor taken. On Sunday it was noticed that some special persons were very drunk, and it was thought best to keep a watch the next night. This was done and about nine o’clock the suspected parties entered and were at once seized.
150 years ago
May 5, 1869: The city charter has passed the Senate, and is now in the Assembly for concurrence, on a trifling amendment. The legislature is expected to adjourn this week.
1494: Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica, which he names Santa Gloria.
1814: British attack the American forces at Ft. Ontario, Oswego.
1912: Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing.
2000: The Sun, Earth, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn align — Earth’s moon is also almost in this alignment — leading to Doomsday predictions of massive natural disasters, although such a ‘grand confluence’ occurs about once in every century.