Twenty-five years ago – November 1996 – UNSCOM inspectors uncover buried prohibited missile parts. Iraq refuses to allow UNSCOM teams to remove remnants of missile engines for analysis outside of the country.
Fifty years ago – November 1971 – The U.S. tests a thermonuclear warhead at Amchitka Island in Alaska, code-named Project Cannikin. At around 5 megatons, it is the largest ever U.S. underground detonation.
During a severe storm over Washington State, a man calling himself D. B. Cooper parachutes from the Northwest Orient Airlines plane he had hijacked, with $200,000 in ransom money, and is never seen again (as of March 2008, this case remains the only unsolved skyjacking in history).
The Sheppard–Towner Act is signed by President Harding, providing federal funding for maternity and child care.
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Rockwell Submits Land Sale Plans
Airport, Garages, Larches in Company Proposal
Milford Daily News
By Virginia Cyr
November 9, 1976
The Planning Board, in an hour and a half session last night reviewed plans submitted by Rockwell International on eight pieces of property owned by the firm in connection with the divesting of land.
The perimeter plans, which defined by chairman Edward Condon is the process of moving lines on paper were reviewed before one of the best attended meetings of the Planning Board in some time. There were at least 25 people resent.
Two of the eight parcels under discussion were taken under advisement by the Planning Board, another was withdrawn by the firm’s representatives and the others were approved.
Plans approved included:
–The Larches property with 68 acres in Hopedale and frontage on Adin, Prospect, Freedom and Williams streets here, and Water Street in Milford.
–Motor vehicle garages off Inman Street with 4 ¾ acres in Hopedale and 125-foot frontage on Inman Street. One acre of this parcel is in Milford.
–A parcel of land at the corner of Elm and Dutcher streets, containing two lots.
–Lake Street motor vehicle garages with frontage on Progress and Freedom streets.
–Draper Airport which is to be divided into six parcels to allow for frontage in compliance with zoning by-law.
The two plans taken under advisement included one for the Hopedale Coal & Ice Company and another for land in Bancroft Park.
Withdrawn for the present time was the plan for the home located on 46-48 Hopedale Street.
Plans were presented to the Planning Board by George Sweeney of Rockwell and engineer Louis Guerriere of Milford. First plan to be presented was referred to as the Larches property. The huge piece of property contains 68 acres in Hopedale and 10 acres in Milford.
This parcel is to be divided into four parcels, which break down to a parcel in Milford, the land and buildings in Hopedale, “B” parking lot used by Rockwell International employees and a small strip of land, 25 feet in width presently leased from the firm by Charles Espanet of Williams Street.
Condon noted that approval of this plan was not required by law in as much as it has frontage on town streets.
The Larches, which is the name of the home on the property holds an abundance of history here. The home consists of approximately 20 rooms and for many years the building was used for functions of the firm and for providing lodging for those visiting the plant on business. At the present time, the Larches is used for this latter purpose.
However, several years ago the building was used as a home for top officials of Rockwell and their families. A large swimming pool and other accessory buildings are located on the property.
Yesterday, George Sweeney, who is in charge of the arrangements for land sale noted that the home is not as yet for sale, but that it will be in the future.
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