Look back | local history
10 years ago
July 22, 2012: Ogdensburg to slow search for city manager. Not so fast. That’s what several city council members are saying about the proposed timeline to interview and hire a new city manager. The board’s plan now calls for the five most qualified candidates to be brought before the board. However, this goes against the wishes of some council members. The board feels the urgency to hire someone. Watertown city officials fired city manager Mary M. Corriveau the same day Ogdensburg parted ways with their former city manager, Arthur J. Sciorra, for willful misconduct, negligence and incompetence.
25 years ago
July 22, 1997: Watertown’s historic Paddock Arcade is about to have new owners who plan to revitalize America’s oldest indoor mall. An offer to purchase $150,000 from John P. and Roxanne M. Burns for the Arcade was accepted by Carthage Federal Savings and Loan. Mr. Burns is the son of former mayor and longtime councilman Karl P. Burns, who, with his wife Rosemary, owns buildings on either side of the Arcade. Mr Burns said the first aim is to secure new tenants, including someone to reopen the cafe which has been closed after decades of operation.
50 years ago
July 22, 1972: Camp Drum is the scene of a State Police investigation into the theft of two cars on Friday. According to police, one vehicle was stolen between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. (a blue Volkswagen sedan with Pennsylvania license plates) and a second vehicle between 10:10 p.m. and 10:40 p.m. (a 1972 Chevrolet station wagon).
75 years ago
July 22, 1947: John Gunther, author of “Inside USA,” claims that utility companies are the source of opposition to the proposed St. Lawrence Seaway. “At first glance,” writes Gunther, “nothing more sensible than to open the St. Lawrence could be imagined. This could make Chicago the largest port in the world with direct access to the deep sea. Other formal opposition includes railroads and southern port interests such as New Orleans, Louisiana.
100 years ago
July 22, 1922: A transformer in an Arcade Street manhole in front of the Times building from which the Times obtains power to operate its press, burned at around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday afternoon, causing a delay in delivery from newspapers to subscribers in Watertown. All the routes have however been delivered. Northern New York Utilities, Inc. installed a new transformer.
125 years ago
July 22, 1897: The Ohio State geologist visited Pulaski to investigate the gas supply in that section of the state. Edward Orton of Columbus, Ohio reviewed the gas wells at Baldwinsville and Pulaski, where he complimented the management of the Pulaski gas field as the best controlled wells than anywhere else in New York State. “There, they’re taking full advantage of every foot of gas that comes out of the well, with none going to waste.” Running single wells to exhaustion is Pulaski’s key to success in his reporting. Professor Orton also said the great rock pressure present at Baldwinsville, at over 1200 pounds per square inch, is unprecedented in other gas districts. This condition intrigues the expert to the point of defying explanation.
150 years ago
July 22, 1872: Indian Cough Remedy by JR McGraw of Ogdensburg is a safe remedy for bleeding lungs, coughing and vomiting. Bought from roots found in the state of Kansas, pharmacist McGraw has priced this drug at $1 per bottle and suggests a two-month duration of use for maximum effect so the user’s lungs be as healthy as ever.
1099: First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon is elected first Defender of the Holy Sepulcher of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
1209: Massacre of Béziers: First major military action of the Albigensian Crusade.
1298: Wars of Scottish Independence: Battle of Falkirk: King Edward I of England and his longbowmen defeat William Wallace and his Scottish schiltrons outside the town of Falkirk.
1342: The Sainte-Marie-Madeleine flood is the worst such event ever recorded in Central Europe.
1443: Battle of St. Jakob an der Sihl in the War of Old Zürich.
1456: Ottoman Wars in Europe: Siege of Belgrade: John Hunyadi, regent of the Kingdom of Hungary, defeats Mehmet II of the Ottoman Empire.
1484: Battle of Lochmaben Fair: A raiding party of 500 men led by Alexander Stewart, Duke of Albany and James Douglas, 9th Earl of Douglas are defeated by Scottish forces loyal to Albany’s brother, James III of Scotland; Douglas is captured.
1499: Battle of Dornach: The Swiss decisively defeat the army of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor.
1587: Roanoke Colony: A second group of English settlers arrives on Roanoke Island off North Carolina to reestablish the abandoned colony.
1594: The Dutch city of Groningen, defended by the Spaniards and besieged by a Dutch and English army under Maurice d’Orange, capitulates.
1598: William Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice, is entered in the register of papermakers. By decree of Queen Elizabeth, the Stationers’ Register licensed works in print, giving the Crown close control over all published material.
1686: Albany, New York is officially incorporated as a municipality by Governor Thomas Dongan.
1706: The Acts of Union 1707 are approved by the Commissioners of the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland, which, when passed by the Parliament of each country, lead to the creation of the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1793: Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Pacific Ocean and becomes the first recorded human to make a transcontinental crossing of North America.
1796: Connecticut Land Company surveyors named an area of Ohio “Cleveland” after General Moses Cleaveland, the superintendent of the surveying party.
1797: Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Battle between Spanish and British naval forces during the French Revolutionary Wars. During the battle, Rear Admiral Nelson was wounded in the arm and the arm had to be partially amputated.
1802: Emperor Gia Long conquers Hanoi and unifies Viet Nam, which has experienced centuries of feudal warfare.
1805: Napoleonic Wars: War of the Third Coalition: Battle of Cape Finisterre: An inconclusive naval action is fought between a combined French and Spanish fleet under Admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve of Spain and a British fleet under Admiral Robert Calder.
1812: Napoleonic Wars: Peninsular War: Battle of Salamanca: British forces led by Arthur Wellesley (later Duke of Wellington) defeat French troops near Salamanca, Spain.
1864: American Civil War: Battle of Atlanta: Outside Atlanta, Confederate General John Bell Hood leads an unsuccessful attack on Union troops under General William T. Sherman on Bald Hill.
1893: Katharine Lee Bates writes “America the Beautiful” after admiring the view from the top of Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs, Colorado.
1894: The very first car race is organized in France between the cities of Paris and Rouen. The fastest was Count Jules-Albert de Dion, but the “official” victory was attributed to Albert Lemaître at the wheel of his three-horsepower petrol-powered Peugeot.
1916: Preparation Day bombing: In San Francisco, a bomb explodes on Market Street during a parade, killing ten and injuring 40.
1921: Rif War: The Spanish army suffers its worst military defeat in modern times against the Berbers of the Rif region in Spanish Morocco.
1933: Aviator Wiley Post returns to Floyd Bennett Field in New York, making the first solo flight around the world in seven days, 18 hours and 49 minutes.
1936: Spanish Civil War: The People’s Executive Committee of Valencia takes power in the Valencian Community.
1937: New Deal: The United States Senate votes against President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s proposal to add more justices to the United States Supreme Court.
1942: The United States government begins mandatory civilian rationing of gasoline due to wartime demands.
1942: Grossaktion Warsaw: The systematic deportation of Jews from the Warsaw ghetto begins.
1943: World War II: Allied forces capture Palermo during the Allied invasion of Sicily.
1944: The Polish National Liberation Committee publishes its manifesto, marking the beginning of the period of communist rule in Poland.
1962: Mariner Program: The Mariner 1 spacecraft flies erratically several minutes after launch and must be destroyed.
1963: The Crown Colony of Sarawak becomes self-governing.
1973: Pan Am Flight 816 crashes after takeoff from Faa’a International Airport in Papeete, French Polynesia, killing 78 people.
1976: Japan completes its last reparation in the Philippines for war crimes committed during the country’s conquest by Imperial Japan during World War II.
1977: Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping is restored to power.
1983: Martial law in Poland is officially revoked.
1990: Greg LeMond, an American cyclist, wins his third Tour de France after leading most of the race. It was LeMond’s second straight Tour de France victory.
1992: Near Medellín, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar escapes from his luxury prison fearing extradition to the United States.
1993: Great Flood of 1993: levees burst near Kaskaskia, Illinois, forcing the entire town to be evacuated by barges operated by the Army Corps of Engineers.
1997: The second Blue Water Bridge opens between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario.
2003: Members of the United States 101st Airborne, aided by special forces, attack a compound in Iraq, killing Saddam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusay, as well as Mustapha Hussein, Qusay’s 14-year-old son , and a bodyguard.