April 30, 1989 |
Cannon blasts, band music and thousands of people lining the shores greeted 13 military ships as they steamed into New York Harbor on Saturday, heralding the start of weekend celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of George Washington's first inauguration. At night, a 20-minute fireworks display lit up a cloudy, gray sky. Today is the main event, a re-enactment of the 1789 inauguration, starring two Georges--a man from Philadelphia acting the part of Washington, and President Bush.
August 11, 1999 |
An ancient sea turtle nearly half the size of a mature steer was rescued near the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York Harbor, the Coast Guard said. The turtle, estimated to weigh 600 pounds and to be nearly a century old, was spotted during a ship inspection. It had snagged its left fin on a line attached to the tanker and was weak from trying to keep afloat with one free fin. The Coast Guard returned the animal to the sea rather than taking it to an aquarium.
December 3, 1992
The Congregation of Temple Beth Am is to be congratulated for its festival honoring their heritage (Times, Nov. 12) during this, the centennial year of Ellis Island in New York Harbor. I am reminded of two U.S. Presidents who also paid special tribute to their roots: John F. Kennedy with his book, "A Nation of Immigrants," and Franklin D. Roosevelt, when he once addressed the Daughters of the American Revolution. Roosevelt's opening words to the ladies were: "Fellow immigrants!" I have often wondered if the very terminology of immigrant and immigration should not be re-evaluated in terms of our history and present policies.
July 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Romance can be tumultuous, and no one knows that better than the Statue of Liberty. Over and over, Lady Liberty has been separated from her adoring public, most recently by an uninvited guest named Sandy who stormed through, leaving heartbreak and ruin in her wake. For eights months, the statue stood alone in New York Harbor, but the painful breakup was pushed aside Thursday as visitors returned to the Statue of Liberty for the first time since the superstorm shut her down on Oct. 29, 2012.
March 1, 1990 |
About 27,000 gallons of heating oil spilled into a busy waterway Wednesday a few miles from the Statue of Liberty when the fuel was loaded onto a leaking barge at an Exxon Corp. terminal, the Coast Guard said. Exxon offered to help the Coast Guard clean up the spill but said the barge was not an Exxon vessel. The No.
June 14, 2013 |
Rupert Murdoch's divorce from his third wife is likely to test the strength of his prenuptial agreement but not the control of his sprawling media empire. On Thursday, Murdoch filed for divorce from Wendi Deng Murdoch - just two weeks before the media baron is scheduled to divide his global media empire into two companies. News Corp. said the divorce would not affect operations or control of his company. The 82-year-old media titan filed the petition in state court in New York, where the Murdochs maintain their primary residence and where their two preteen daughters attend school.