Looking backward 2

The north

10 years ago

May 31, 2009: Eight buses sustained damage in a Saturday morning fire at the Freeman Bus Corp. maintenance garage at 122 Eames Road, behind Napa Auto Parts on Mill Street. The fire apparently started inside one of the buses, but the cause of the blaze still was under investigation Saturday evening. Freeman Bus Corp. has its main office and storage facility at 1067 Marble St.

25 years ago

May 31, 1994: City police issued “at least” 33 parking tickets for vehicles which were illegally parked Monday afternoon at Thompson Park. The park “was jammed” with people, police said, and people “were parking anyplace and everywhere.” With vehicles parked on both sides of the roads, a “bottleneck” was created which would have made it difficult to get emergency vehicles through if somebody had been injured in an accident.

50 years ago

May 31, 1969: A program entitled “Drug On The Market” will be presented on WWNY-TV at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The program is a realistic look at the drug problem from an adult point of view.

75 years ago

May 31, 1944: Kelsey Bridge farmers were on the alert today against possible depredations of a bobcat, the presence of which in that area of Theresa has recently been reported by a number of residents. While rare in this area, bobcats have been known to make their way into this section from the Adirondacks.

100 years ago

May 31, 1919: Automobile parties by the hundreds poured into Clayton from every direction Sunday, every one bent on seeing the former German submarine U C-97. The jam and the anxiety of the people to go down into the boat and examine its machinery nearly led to disaster. In the heat of the day three women fainted, and women and children were jostled in the efforts of the crowd to get a better view of the German war craft.

125 years ago

May 31, 1894: This afternoon Robert Halsey, employed at the Outterson mill in Brownville, was working near a load of pulp wood when it was capsized and fell upon him, breaking his leg. He was taken to the hotel, where he now lies in a critical condition.

150 years ago

May 31, 1869: Three new steamers will soon make their appearance upon the Black River at Carthage: two tugs and an elegant little passenger packet, to fly between Carthage and Lowville. The carrying trade upon Black River doubles each year, and the facilities to accommodate it will, doubtless, keep pace with the demand.

The world


1433: Sigismund is crowned emperor of Rome.

1678: The Godiva procession, commemorating Lady Godiva’s legendary ride while naked, becomes part of the Coventry Fair.

1862: At the Battle of Fair Oaks, Union General George B. McClellan defeats Confederates outside of Richmond.

1879: New York’s Madison Square Garden opens its doors for the first time.

1889: Johnstown, Pennsylvania is destroyed by a massive flood.

1900: U.S. troops arrive in Peking to help put down the Boxer Rebellion.

1902: The Boer War ends with the Treaty of Vereeniging.

1909: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) holds its first conference.

1913: The 17th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for direct election of senators, is ratified.

1915: A German zeppelin makes an air raid on London.

1916: British and German fleets fight in the Battle of Jutland.

1928: The first flight over the Pacific takes off from Oakland.

1941: An armistice is arranged between the British and the Iraqis.

1955: The Supreme Court orders that states must end racial segregation “with all deliberate speed.”

1962: Adolf Eichmann, the former SS commander, is hanged near Tel Aviv, Israel.

1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono record “Give Peace a Chance.”

1974: Israel and Syria sign an agreement on the Golan Heights.

1979: Zimbabwe proclaims its independence.

1988: President Ronald Reagan arrives in Moscow, the first American president to do so in 14 years.

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