25 years ago — 1993
WASHINGTON — Persian Gulf veterans with lifethreatening illnesses accused the government Tuesday of ignoring the possibility they were sickened by Iraqi chemical or biological weapons. “I know that something is terribly wrong,” Nick Roberts of Columbus, Ga., told the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee in recounting his service with a naval construction battalion in Saudi Arabia during the war. Thousands of gulf war veterans have complained of undiagnosed ailments that have come to be called “Persian Gulf Syndrome.” Among the suspected causes have been fumes from oil fires, pesticides and radiation from depleted uranium used in munitions.
50 years ago — 1968
NEW YORK — An Arab father and two of his sons were arrested Saturday night in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate President-elect Richard M. Nixon, police said. Ahmed Rageh Namer, 46, and his two sons, Abdo Ahmed Namer, 18, and Hussein Namer, 20, were booked early Sunday in Brooklyn on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, criminal solicitation and possession of dangerous weapons, officers said. It was not immediately established whether the alleged plot was the result of enmity toward Israel as was the case of Sirhan B. Sirhan, a Jordanian immigrant charged with the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
75 years ago — 1943
Sheriff-elect John Barbee of adjoining DeSoto County, Miss., has publicly asserted that the moment he takes office on Jan. 1 gambling and liquor dives on the TennesseeMississippi state line will be closed, and that he has already warned operators that they had “better not be in business” when he does take office.
100 years ago — 1918
An explosion at the power house at 1:30 this morning cut off all electric light and current and did considerable damage, the extent of which is not known yet. The machinery of The Commercial Appeal was stopped while the third edition was on the press and the last edition and this extra were gotten out under the greatest difficulties.
125 years ago — 1893
Memphis will get the Litchfield Car Works. A letter just received from C.F. Collins, president of the company in St. Louis, has brought to a successful close a campaign of 14 months waged tirelessly by the Young Men’s Business League to lure the company to Memphis. The car plant will be east of the city, between Poplar and Summer, east of Trezevant. It will turn out 15 freight cars per day and will employ 1,500. It will be the largest plant of its kind in the country.
Sidney M'Reynolds, 16, of 1876 Crump, is a junior at Central High School in November 1955. While at Snowden School, she was art editor of "The Chatterbox." She's already had two years of study at Memphis Academy of Arts and has captured several student art awards. This young artist likes both watercolors and oils and her goal is fashion designing, or an allied field. She is the daughter of Mrs. Hays Brantley and the late Sidney McReynolds. BARNEY SELLERS/THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL