On this date in …
1918: The Buffalo Express of the New York Central line was traveling at top speed in a blinding rainstorm when it swerved from the rails about a half-mile north of Schodack Landing and careened down the embankment to the river below. By the time the recovery effort was completed, four people were dead — including one fireman — 69 people were injured, 30 of them seriously, and at least three of them unlikely to survive. Albany hospitals were overflowing with the accident’s victims, with the superintendent of the Homeopathic hospital securing several private cars to aid in patient transport.
1968: Golf great Arnold Palmer captivated the capacity crowd at Thruway Motor Inn in Albany with his off-hand manner and down-to-earth style that had made him one of the most popular athletes in the world. He flew into Albany International Airport in his own Lear jet from his hometown in Latrobe, Pa. Arnie, as Palmer was affectionately called, met with the media for 45 minutes after dispensing golf tips and humor at a clinic in a specially constructed net at the motel.
1993: Lynn Holley-Mayer, executive director of the Troy-Cohoes YWCA, was fired over what she said were charges she made in her self-published newspaper, “The International Women’s News,” that an old boys club benefited men’s clubs at the expense of women. Holley-Mayer, who led the YWCA just short of four years, said she was ordered to pack up her belongings, hand over her keys and take her 3-year-old daughter out of the day-care program. She said she would consult an attorney about the legality of her dismissal.
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