On this date in ...
1918: “The Blue Devils” of France, dubbed the “Alpine Chasseurs (hunters) of the French army” by the Germans because of their prowess and daring in battle, would be marching in the Flag Day parade the following Friday, it was announced by Albany officials. In addition, officers from several of the 21 allied nations fighting alongside the United States would be participating, and all 21 flags of those countries would be given a place of honor in the parade.
1968: Seeking skilled people to go to Vietnam to help pacification efforts, recruiters from the federal government were at the Ten Eyck Hotel in Albany to discuss the program of the U.S. Agency of International Development with prospective candidates. Needed were area development officers, refugee relief officers, nurse educators, public safety advisors, auditors and secretaries. Pay ranged from $5,000 to $18,000 a year, plus a 25 percent hardship bonus, furnished quarters, medical care and family allowances.
1993: A $2 million severance package under consideration by Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield for former Chief Executive Officer Albert Cardone had been put on hold after it came under attack by State Insurance Superintendent Salvatore Curiale as “totally inappropriate.” Curiale, after being informed of the pending package for Cardone, voiced his dissatisfaction in a highly critical letter to the company and an announcement in which he characterized the package as “a golden parachute for Mr. Cardone,” who resigned under pressure last month.
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