News around Columbus and the surrounding area as reported on or about this date in the pages of The Evening Republican and The Republic 10, 25 and 50 years ago.
Food Service Director Lisa Garrison reported a daily average of 323 students were served free breakfasts in January, paid for with a $58,000 surplus in the food service fund at Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp. That number was up from 235 in December, when students still paid from 30 to 85 cents a day.
A poll of the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association ranked Columbus East Girls gymnastics team No. 1 in the state.
Too much Mercaptin, an “odorizer” used to give odorless natural gas a smell, was added to lines northwest of Columbus and had Columbus residents worrying about citywide leaks.
Around the world
The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, dealing with states’ sovereign immunity, was ratified.
A French court acquitted author Gustave Flaubert of obscenity for his serialized novel “Madame Bovary.”
Keystone Film Co. released the silent short comedy “Kid Auto Races at Venice,” Charles Chaplin’s second film, and the first in which he plays the Little Tramp.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized a flag for the office of the vice president.
Walt Disney’s second animated feature, “Pinocchio,” premiered in New York.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower resigned as Army chief of staff; he was succeeded by Gen. Omar Bradley.
President John F. Kennedy imposed a full trade embargo on Cuba.
The Beatles arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to begin their first American tour.
During the Vietnam War, Viet Cong forces attacked Camp Holloway, a U.S. Army helicopter base near Pleiku, killing eight Americans and wounding more than 100 others; the United States retaliated with airstrikes against the North Vietnamese.
The island nation of Grenada won independence from Britain.
Space shuttle Challenger astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart went on the first untethered space walk, which lasted nearly six hours.