Today in history: Nov. 12

November 12, 2018

90 years agoOne killed and six hurt in automobile accidentsOne man was killed and six people were painfully injured here, yesterday afternoon and last night, in accidents in which two automobiles and a trolley car were involved.The dead man is John E. Bassett, 56, of Stillwater Avenue, a character around Stamford for many years in his occupation as handyman. He was struck by an auto while crossing West Main Street and received several fractured ribs and a fractured left leg. These injuries coupled with alcoholism caused his death, Medical Examiner Dr. Ralph W. Crane reported.60 years agoTrophies awarded units in Veterans Day ParadeStamford veterans groups climaxed the day’s activities with a Veterans Day celebration dinner-dance at the new Stamford Catholic High School Tuesday night, attended by over 250 people.Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Rear Adm. Kenmore N. McManes was the principal speaker during the evening’s events, which included the awarding of trophies and medals to units that participated in the afternoon parade.30 years agoMcDonald: Serrani did not order Rice firedMayor Thoma Serrani did not order the firing of Stamford Housing Authority Executive Director W. James Rice, authority Board Chairman Anne McDonald said yesterday.McDonald, asked by Rice’s attorney whether Serrani gave her any “specific mission” or told her she was supposed to fire Rice, answered loudly, “No.”She testified yesterday on the third day of a grievance hearing for Rice, who was fired from his $69,875-a year job on Sept. 14. Rice is challenging the firing, but has not said publicly whether he wants to regain his job. The hearing will resume Dec. 1.erin.kayata@stamfordadvocate.com; (203) 964-2265; @erin_kayata

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