Pages of History: Extracted from the archives of the News Journal, week of January 16

“Pages of History” features excerpts from the News Journal archives, including the Wilmington Morning News, Morning News, Every Evening and Evening Journal.

January 16, 1967, The Morning News

Green Bay Packers win their first Super Bowl

Bart Starr punched holes in Kansas City’s pass defense and led the National Football League champions to a 35-10 victory on the American League’s best Sunday in the first Super Bowl.

Starr, a master of the third down game, followed the instructions by working on the Chiefs’ secondary with Max McGee, 34, his favorite target.

Front page of The Morning News from January 16, 1967.

Meanwhile, the battle-tested NFL champions put tremendous pressure on Kansas City passer Len Dawson for a win that meant $15,000 for every Green Bay player….

Packers coach Vince Lombardi, disappointed that his team was only 14-10 up at halftime, told them to “start tackling and stop grabbing.” They responded by smearing Dawson over and over again.

“In my opinion, the Chiefs don’t rank among the best teams in the NFL,” Lombardi said. “They’re a good football team with good speed, but I have to say NFL football is tougher. Dallas is a better team.

The crowd of 63,036 was far from sold out in the 93,000-seat Los Angeles Coliseum….

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January 17, 1919, Wilmington Morning News

Amendment to the ban ratified by the required majority of States

Yesterday’s ratification of the Federal Constitutional Ban Amendment made the United States the first major power to take legislative action to permanently stop the liquor trade.

Nebraska’s vote gave the three-fourths affirmative majority needed to give effect to the amendment submitted by Congress in December 1917. It was followed by similar action in the Missouri and Wyoming legislatures, making 38 states altogether who endorsed a “dry” America. Affirmative action from some of the 10 states that have yet to act is predicted by Prohibition advocates.

Front page of the Wilmington Morning News for January 17, 1919.

Front page of the Wilmington Morning News for January 17, 1919.

Under the amendment, the manufacture, sale and importation of intoxicating liquor must cease one year after ratification, but prohibition will be a fact in every state much sooner due to the wartime measure prohibiting the manufacture and the sale of alcoholic beverages after June 30. until the demobilization of military forces is completed. Under the war measure, the export of alcohol is permitted, but the large stocks currently held in bonded warehouses will have to be disposed of before the federal amendment takes effect….

New problems of government are raised… as hundreds of millions of dollars in liquor taxes will have to be obtained from other sources. Legislation implementing the amendment will need to be passed by Congress.

Only a minimum of unemployment is expected, as the cumulative severity of successive restrictive measures adopted since the start of the war has already caused many distilleries and breweries to seek other uses for their factories. More than half of the territory of the United States is already drained by the action of the state or local elections….

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January 18, 1999, The News Journal

Thomas J. Capano found guilty of murdering Anne Marie Fahey

A family’s prayers were answered on Sunday morning. Another was postponed, possibly destroyed, as a Superior Court jury found Thomas J. Capano guilty of murdering his former mistress, Anne Marie Fahey.

Seconds after the jury foreman intoned “Guilty of the Charges,” those in the silent courtroom could hear muffled cheers. News of the verdict had reached crowds of reporters, supporters and onlookers gathered outside the Rodney Square courthouse in Wilmington.

Front page of The News Journal from January 18, 1999.

Front page of The News Journal from January 18, 1999.

Inside, Capano’s mother and daughters wept. Fahey’s siblings did the same. Capano showed no emotion before guards escorted him from the building and back to his cell in Gander Hill prison, where he will await the start of the punishment phase of the trial on Wednesday.

But the jury’s verdict – announced to Judge William Swain Lee at 10:01 a.m. after three days of deliberations – shattered the tension and mystery that has gripped Delaware since Fahey disappeared on June 27, 1996….

Capano, 49, a wealthy and once powerful Wilmington lawyer, will now be sentenced for the murder of Fahey, Governor Tom Carper’s 30-year-old planning secretary….

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January 20, 1981, Evening newspaper

American hostages freed from Iran

A plane carrying the 52 American hostages, free after 444 days of captivity in Iran, took off today from Mehrabad airport in Tehran, the official Iranian news agency Pars… reported.

Front page of the Journal du Soir of January 20, 1981.

Front page of the Journal du Soir of January 20, 1981.

The departure came after negotiations that concluded the final agreement exchanging the hostages for Iranian assets frozen by the United States, at the last hour of President Carter’s mandate. He had tried to strike a deal with Iran yesterday, but as the hours ticked by, Carter was robbed of a chance to greet the hostages before leaving office. Thus, the freedom announced for the Americans – 50 men and two women – coincided with the inauguration of President Reagan.

The hostages – including Marine Sgt. Gregory A. Persinger of Seaford, Delaware – were captured on November 4, 1979 by young Muslim militants who stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran. They said the hostages would be freed if the United States delivered Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, then undergoing medical treatment in the United States. The Shah found refuge in Egypt and died in Cairo on July 27, 1980….

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