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The North

10 years ago

July 27, 2012: Several longtime Cape Vincent residents supportive of wind farm development have filed a defamation lawsuit against two local bloggers who they claim damaged their reputations by posting false information about them. Two of the candidates argue that the information published about them cost them city council seats in last fall’s election. According to the lawsuit, each argues that their personal and civic reputations have been damaged by blog posts about their positions on wind energy. The plantiffs maintain that they have “an excellent personal, business and civic reputation” in the county.

25 years ago

July 27, 1997: More than two dozen Canton volunteer firefighters seek to send a message by threatening to quit the force rather than give up their 1950s fire horn. In recent years, neighbors have complained about the piercing noise of the “listed fire horn” which repeats a code four times for each fire call and one sound for ambulance calls. Firefighters say the device backs up portable pagers.

50 years ago

July 27, 1972: Jefferson County identifies an 8th case of rabies in the county. A deceased cow on the property of Carl L. Durant in the town of Theresa was reported to the Watertown District Office of the State Health Department by the Albany office. The death brought the total reported so far for the district to 12. Four cases have been developed in St. Lawrence County, while Lewis and Oswego counties remain at zero.

75 years ago

July 26, 1947: Barney Balaban, with family ties to Westchester County and president of Paramount Pictures, arrives in the Thousand Islands area for a summer vacation. Balaban spent his last vacation here in 1945. He is currently cruising Georgian Bay, Canada aboard his family yacht, “Judith”. Mr. Balban enjoyed a bass fishing trip to Reed’s Bay and would have enjoyed a nice shot. Balaban will return to Cape Vincent after completing the Georgian Bay cruise. Balaban owns a chain of theaters in the Chicago area and has been president of Paramount Pictures, Inc. since 1936.

100 years ago

July 27, 1922: Federal agents raid a house in Carthage and seize 25 liters of alcohol hidden under the floorboards. Three jugs of wine were also discovered during the 5 a.m. search led by Federal Agent Fred J. Stevens. Isaac Goldman, of 337 South Clinton Street, was arraigned in Watertown this morning and later released on $1,000 bail pending a grand jury appearance in October in Auburn. A warrant was issued for the raid based on the purchase of a gallon of liquor for $14 Wednesday by Officer William F. Hannon. Goldman offered that he was a second-hand dealer by profession with no prior arrest record.

125 years ago

July 27, 1897: A crowd of young men witnessed a brutal brawl outside the Clayton Opera House around 11.30pm, after the entertainment had ended last night. The ‘scrap’ between two boys named Johnson and McCaffrey lasted five to ten minutes before several buckets of water were poured from the open windows of the opera house upstairs. The fight continued until a patrolman came down the street leading to the conclusion of the fight and the crowd then melted away quickly and unanimously.

150 years ago

July 27, 1872: Lost – Between Kirby House, Court st. and at the corner of Washington and Clinton streets, or in the Arcade, a pair of ladies’ linen handcuffs, trimmed with lace, and a pair of gold cufflinks. By leaving the articles at the Times office, the discoverer will be generously rewarded.

The world

1789: The first agency of the US federal government, the Department of Foreign Affairs, is created (it will later be renamed the Department of State).

1919: The Chicago race riot breaks out after a race incident on a South Side beach leaves 38 dead and 537 injured over a five-day period.

1921: University of Toronto researchers, led by biochemist Frederick Banting, prove that the hormone insulin regulates blood sugar.

1929: The 1929 Geneva Convention, dealing with the treatment of prisoners of war, is signed by 53 nations.

1940: The animated short A Wild Hare was released, featuring the character of Bugs Bunny.

1974: Watergate scandal: the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives votes by 27 votes against 11 to recommend the first article of impeachment (for obstruction of justice) against President Richard Nixon.

1995: The Korean War Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

1996: In Atlanta, USA, a pipe bomb explodes at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics.

2002: Ukraine Air Show Disaster: A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes during an air show in Lviv, Ukraine, killing 77 people and injuring over 500 others, making it the Air Show Disaster deadliest in history.

2005: After an incident during STS-114, NASA grounded the Space Shuttle, pending an investigation into the continuing problem of the loss of foam insulation from the external fuel tank.

2007: “The Simpsons Movie” is released in theaters.

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