Monday, January 25, 2010

January 25

January 25, 1982: At 9:25 am, a ruptured steam pipe at the Ginna nuclear power plant results in an emergency as a plume of radioactive gas is leaked into the atmosphere.  Approximately 100 workers were evacuated as the   reactor was put into cold shutdown at 4:30 pm the following day.

Sources and Further Reading:
  1. Nuclear Regulatory Commission: GL82011
  2. New York Times (May 25, 1982) "Nuclear Plant Mishap Is Explained by Utility"
  3. "Ginna nuclear plant leaks radioactive gas", Riley, David, Democrat and Chronicle. Jan 25, 2014 
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Saturday, January 23, 2010

January 23

January 23, 1876: Work is completed on a water system providing fresh water from Hemlock lake to the city of Rochester. Two reservoirs are constructed in Rush and Highland Park. A fountain in Highland Park is built with jets that shoot water 50 feet into the air for the purpose of providing aeration.

Sources and Further Reading:
  1. History of Rochester and Monroe County, New York (1908); Peck, William F.; page 98
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Saturday, January 9, 2010

January 9

January 9, 1973: The Rochester City Council passes a resolution condemning "the resumption and expansion of hostilities including the intensive bombing of North Vietnam" and urging our congressional representatives "to support congressional termination of the funding of the Vietnam War if the current peace negotiations are not successfully concluded by January 20, 1973".

Sources and Further Reading
  1. Rochester History, vol 48 (1948)
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Friday, January 8, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January 5

January 5, 1990: Arthur Shawcross, the "Genesee River Killer", was arrested after a series of 11 murders in the Rochester area.

Sources and Further Reading:
  1. Wikipedia: Arthur Shawcross

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Monday, January 4, 2010

January 4

January 4, 1875: The new City Hall is opened to the public, enabling city government to move out of the courthouse. Construction cost totaled $337,000. After 100 years in service, this city hall would become the "Old City Hall" when the "old" Rochester Federal Building was refurbished and rededicated as the "New City Hall" in 1978.

Sources and Further Reading:
  1. Rochester History, vol 40 (1978)

January 4, 1838: The Rochester Anti-Slavery Society elects the following officers:

President - Lindley M. Moore
Vice Presidents - George Avery, Silas Cornell, Russell Greene, O. N. Bush, David Scoville
Treasurer - Oren Sage
Corresponding Secretary - S. D. Porter
Recording Secretary - E. F. Marshal

A week later, a convention was held at the Rochester Courthouse.  Moore and Scoville were also officers in the Rochester City Temperance Society.

Sources and Further Reading:
  1. O'Reilly, Henry, "Settlement in the West: Sketches of Rochester",  p 316 (1838)
  2. Lindley M. Moore House, Rochester New York

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Friday, January 1, 2010

January 1

January 1, 1916: Charlotte is officially annexed by the city of Rochester in a bid to gain control over the port and to increase the population (and thereby political standing and funding) of the city.

Sources and Further Reading:
  1. Rochester History Journal, v37, 1975

January 1, 1881: George Eastman joins with Henry A. Strong, a buggy whip manufacturer, to form the Eastman Dry Plate Company.  By 1884, the company would be renamed the Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company and finally in 1892, the company would be organized into the Eastman Kodak Company and Strong would serve as the first president.

Sources and Further Reading:
  1. History of Kodak
  2. Wikipedia: Henry A. Strong
  3. PBS: Henry Strong

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