May 4 - 1965: Machine guns start fires, threaten two Cape towns

2007: Hospitals won't release baby names to prevent baby-napping
Machine guns at Mass. Military Reservation start a three mile long, two mile wide fire. U.S. Govt. photo.

Otis Air Base machine guns start fire, homes evacuated


On this day in 1965, several homes in the town of Sandwich and Sagamore Village were forced to evacuate because of a wild fire, driven by strong spring winds, which burned a three mile long, two mile wide swath.

The fire was ignited by the firing of .50-caliber bullets from machine guns at the firing range at Otis Air Force Base in the Massachusetts Military Reservation in Bourne.

2007: No baby news from Plymouth either

Jordan Hospital joins Cape in withholding the names of newborns

On this day in 2007 another local hospital has become the latest to stop sending birth announcements to newspapers.  It's an effort to prevent baby-nappings, after a high profile case was captured by another hospital's security cameras.

Jordan Hospital in Plymouth is joining a growing list of hospitals that have stopped sending birth announcements to local newspapers. 

The decision comes just a month after Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals did the same. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on