October 7, 2011: It’s been two years since the local Friendly’s franchisee proposed to demolish the Arsenal Street restaurant and build a new one in its place. Now the chain’s parent company has announced it is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Kevin M. Fear, owner of Mattress Express, still wants the city to sell him two-thirds of an acre. adjacent to 120 Haney St. to park for his business next door at 1241 Arsenal St. instead of Franchisee Friendly, Kessler Family LLC, Rochester.
October 7, 1996: At least one chain of pharmacies in the north of the country – Kinney Drugs – has started offering home HIV test kits, and television commercials have appeared offering the products by mail. Those working with AIDS patients in the north of the country and their families have mixed feelings about the home test kits, pointing out that the test and personalized counseling is always available locally at little or no cost.
October 7, 1971: City police today reported that a two-by-four foot section of concrete fell from under the Court Street Bridge on Tuesday morning and in the middle of Newell Street. It is not believed that the incident was caused by a structural deficiency in the bridge itself, but rather by the effect of frost and water on the trim added to the bridge after its original construction.
October 7, 1946: The Supervisory Board unanimously passed a resolution to discontinue the operation of the Bide-a-wee contagious hospital and send all cases of contagious diseases to the new contagious section of the county sanatorium from Jefferson starting November 1.
October 7, 1921: The toddle top craze that hit Gouverneur in mild form some time ago peaked on the West Side yesterday afternoon when teachers at that school confiscated between two and three dozen tops. The teachers had only paid close attention to the summits after a few days, when it began to appear that the young people were distracted from their studies.
October 7, 1896: A few days ago an article was published explaining how the waitresses at the Harris House had escaped the owner’s edict prohibiting girls from having visitors to their rooms and how Cupid circumvented the difficulties in using the fire escape. . The waitresses of this hotel are esteemed young ladies and the boss wants us to understand that they have not played such a trick.
October 7, 1871: Real estate activity seems to be flourishing at the present time. Mr. OG Staples informs us that he has sold three houses and lots in the past two weeks. Mr. Staples builds very tasty and neat homes and we wish him success in selling them. He has built 14 in the past eight months.
1765: Delegates from nine of the American colonies meet in New York to discuss the Stamp Act crisis and the colonial response to it.
1849: Edgar Allan Poe, 40, tragically dies in Baltimore. Never able to overcome his drinking habits, he was found in a delusional state outside a saloon that served as a polling station.
1944: uprising of prisoners at the Birkenau concentration camp.
1949: Iva Toguri D’Aquino, better known as Tokyo Rose, is sentenced to 10 years in prison for treason.
1985: Four Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) hijackers seize the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and demand the release of 50 Palestinians held by Israel.
1993: End of the great flood of 1993 on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, the worst American flood since 1927.
1996: Fox News Channel begins broadcasting.
2001: start of the US invasion of Afghanistan in reaction to the terrorist attacks of September 11; it will become the longest war in US history.
2003: California voters remove Democratic Governor Gray Davis from office in the state’s first successful recall of a sitting governor (only the second successful governor recall in US history); a Republican candidate, bodybuilder / actor Arnold Schwarzenegger wins the election to replace Davis 17 days later.