February 23, 2000
Today in history: Feb. 23 In 1836, the siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas. In 1848, the sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams, died of a stroke at age 80. In 1861, President-elect Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take office, an assassination plot having been foiled in Baltimore. In 1927, President Coolidge signed a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission, forerunner of the Federal Communications Commission. In 1954, the first mass inoculation of children with the Salk polio vaccine began, in Pittsburgh.
May 16, 2003
Maryland must complete an environmental assessment before the Federal Communications Commission will consider allowing a 180-foot communications tower near two Civil War battlefields and the Appalachian Trail, the FCC says. Federal regulators have determined the state failed to study the tower's potential effect on areas that could be certified as "rural historic landscapes," Jeffrey S. Steinberg, an FCC official, said in a letter to Paul Rosa of the Harpers Ferry Conservancy, a foe of the tower.
October 1, 1991
In a report to the federal government yesterday on the latest accident to disrupt its long-distance service, AT&T for the first time attributed the Sept. 17 incident largely to a supervisor's choosing not to dispatch a technician for a routine inspection.Little else in the report, submitted last night to the Federal Communications Commission, which has jurisdiction over AT&T, shed new light on the general picture of equipment failure compounded by human misjudgment.The accident, which occurred at 4:50 p.m., not only snarled about half of New York's long-distance phone calls but disrupted air traffic at the New York area's three big airports at one of the busiest hours of the day.
October 28, 2000
In the Region Gilden ad agency donates cash, services to UM nursing school Gilden Advertising has donated $1.2 million in cash, services and in-kind gifts to the University of Maryland School of Nursing to help recruit students into the field during a nursing shortage. Baltimore-based Gilden is developing an integrated marketing campaign, including advertising, graphic design, public relations, market research and media planning for the nursing school. The campaign comes at a time when the Maryland Hospital Association found an average nursing vacancy rate of 14.7 percent during the first three months of 2000.
November 9, 1993
Discounts offered on ulcer drugSmithKline Beecham Plc said it's offering U.S. consumers a $10 discount when they buy the U.K. pharmaceutical company's Tagamet ulcer drug. In a statement, the company said rebate coupons will be available through physicians' offices and in retail drug stores across the United States.Go-ahead given on TV technologyA group of companies collaborating on high-definition television technology received clearance yesterday to build a prototype system.An advisory panel to the Federal Communications Commission unanimously recommended that the companies begin construction on four of the system's components -- audio, scanning formats, video compression and transport.
April 28, 1995
Giant raises stock dividendHHTCGiant Food Inc., the Landover-based grocer that dominates the Baltimore-Washington market, raised its annual stock dividend yesterday from 72 cents per share to 74 cents.Giant has raised its dividend annually for many years in a row. A quarterly dividend at the higher rate of 18.5 cents per share will be paid June 2 to shareholders of record May 12.CSAV now direct to Brazil portsThe CSAV shipping line has begun service between Baltimore and South America's east coast, the Maryland Port Administration said yesterday.