First Super Bowl, hostages freed from Iran: The News Journal archives, week of January 15


“Pages of history” contains excerpts from The News Journal archives, including the Wilmington Morning News, The Morning News, and the Evening Journal.

January 16, 1967, The Morning News

Green Bay Packers win first Super Bowl

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

A master of the third downplay, Starr followed directions by working on the Chiefs’ secondary with 34-year-old Max McGee as his target of choice.

Page 18 of The Morning News, January 16, 1967.

Meanwhile, the tried and tested NFL champs put tremendous pressure on Kansas City passer Len Dawson for a win that meant $15,000 for each Green Bay player….

The Packers’ coach Vince Lombardi, disappointed with his team leading only 14–10 at halftime, told them to “start tackling and stop grabbing.” They responded by smearing Dawson over and over again.

“In my opinion, the Chiefs are not among the top teams in the NFL,” Lombardi said. “They are a good football team with good speed, but I have to say NFL football is more difficult. Dallas is a better team.”

The crowd of 63,036 was far less than a sold-out crowd at the 93,000-seat Los Angeles Coliseum….

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January 17, 1919, Wilmington Morning News

Prohibition amendment ratified by required majority of states

Yesterday’s ratification of the federal constitutional prohibition amendment made the United States the first major power to take legislative action to permanently stop the liquor trade.

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Nebraska’s vote provided the necessary affirmative three-quarters majority for the amendment introduced by Congress in December 1917 to take effect. It was followed by similar actions in the legislatures of Missouri and Wyoming, leading a total of 38 states to approve a “dry” America. Affirmative action by some of the 10 states that have yet to act is predicted by ban proponents.

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

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

Under the terms of the amendment, the manufacture, sale, and importation of intoxicating beverages must cease one year after ratification, but the ban will be in place in each state much sooner due to the wartime measure banning the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages after June 30 . until the demobilization of the armed forces is completed. The wartime measure allows the export of liquor, but the large stocks now held in customs bonded warehouses will have to be removed before the federal amendment takes effect….

New government problems arise… as hundreds of millions of dollars from liquor taxes will have to be obtained from other sources. Laws enforcing the amendment will have to be passed by Congress.

Only minimal unemployment is expected as the cumulative severity of successive restrictive measures taken since the start of the war has already led many distilleries and brewers to look for other uses for their factories. More than half of the territory of the United States is already dry due to state actions or local option elections….

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January 18, 1999, The News Journal

Thomas J. Capano convicted of murdering Anne Marie Fahey

A family’s prayers were answered on Sunday morning. Another’s were delayed, perhaps overturned, when a Superior Court jury found Thomas J. Capano guilty of the murder of his former mistress, Anne Marie Fahey.

Seconds after the jury foreman said, “Guilty as charged,” those present in the silent courtroom could hear a muffled cheer. The verdict had reached the throng of reporters, supporters and the curious who had gathered outside the courthouse in Wilmington’s Rodney Square.

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

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

Inside, Capano’s mother and daughters were crying. Fahey’s siblings did the same. Capano showed no emotion before guards escorted him out of the building and back to his cell at Gander Hill Prison, where he will await the start of the penalty 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 – broke the tension and mystery that has gripped Delaware since Fahey’s disappearance on June 27, 1996….

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

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January 20, 1981, Evening Journal

American hostages freed from Iran after 444 days

A plane carrying the 52 American hostages, freed after 444 days of captivity in Iran, took off from Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport today, Iran’s official Pars news agency reported.

The departure came after negotiations for a final agreement to exchange the hostages for Iranian assets frozen by the US in the last hour of President Carter’s term. He had tried to negotiate a deal with Iran yesterday, but as the hours passed, Carter was deprived of the chance to greet the hostages before he left office. For example, the reported freedom for Americans — 50 men and two women — coincided with President Reagan’s inauguration.

Front page of the Evening Journal, January 20, 1981.

Front page of the Evening Journal, January 20, 1981.

The hostages – including Marine Sgt. Gregory A. Persinger of Seaford, Delaware – were seized on November 4, 1979 by young Islamic militants who stormed the US Embassy in Tehran. They said the hostages would be released if the US handed over Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, after which he received medical treatment in the US. The Shah found refuge in Egypt and died in Cairo on July 27, 1980….

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This article originally appeared in Delaware News Journal: First Super Bowl, US Hostages Released: News Journal Archives January 15