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May 6, 2014

Step Back in Time: May 6, 2014

25 years agoMay 6, 1989

Fifty-two years ago today these words seared themselves into the national memory.

“Here it comes ladies and gentlemen, and what a sight it is, a thrilling one, a marvelous sight…”

“Oh, oh, oh!...It’s burst into flames…It’s a terrible sight…Oh!...and all the humanity!”

At that point radio announcer Herb Morrison of WLS Chicago began sobbing and could barely continue his account of the explosion of the German airship, Hindenburg at Lakehurst, N.J. on May 6, 1937.

Irene DeSilva of Oneonta, gazing almost straight up from a fence just a football field’s length from the mooring mast for the giant dirigible, stood awestruck for a moment, then turned and ran.

“It just exploded. There was no warning and no sign of anything,” said Mrs. DeSilva, 77. “It was scary, because the ship seemed like it was right above us. Then the sky was filled with flames.

“Then my husband and I turned and ran.”


50 years agoMay 6, 1964

COOPERSTOWN — A new electron microscope with the capacity to magnify a tissue specimen from 1400 to 500,000 times its original size, is now in use at Bassett Hospital.

A tissue section may be viewed directly on a television-like fluorescent screen, or may be enlarged photographically to more than one hundred times the size achieved by conventional optical microscopes.

Laboratory facilities covering 1,000 square feet have been constructed to accommodate the complex piece of equipment, which is the result of a $76,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute of the U.S. Public Health Service.

Purchased from the Radio Corporation of America, Camden, N.J., the electron microscope will be used by Dr. Charles A. Ashley, associate pathologist, and Dr. Theodore Peters, research biochemist, who are co-investigators under the grant which will support their research project with an additional $58,000 of recommended support over a four year period after 1964.

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