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.
Columbus’ Rovene Quigley was chosen from a list of eight nominees as Bartholomew County Senior Citizen of the Year.
Bartholomew County Humane Society celebrated the 24th anniversary of its animal shelter.
Brown County residents had permission to use the “back road” entrance to the state park as a shortcut while work was completed on State Road 46, but a portable gatehouse had to be erected after tourists and sightseers began sneaking into the park without paying a gate fee.
Around the world
Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys, along with Col. Benedict Arnold, captured the British-held fortress at Ticonderoga, New York.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union forces in Irwinville, Georgia.
A golden spike was driven in Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S.
J. Edgar Hoover was named acting director of the Bureau of Investigation (later known as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI).
The Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.
During World War II, German forces began invading the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and France. The same day, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigned, and Winston Churchill formed a new government.
The nuclear-powered submarine USS Triton completed its submerged navigation of the globe.
In 1975, Sony began selling its Betamax home videocassette recorder in Japan.
Actress Joan Crawford died in New York.
The International Court of Justice said the United States should halt any actions to blockade Nicaragua’s ports .
(the U.S. had already said it would not recognize World Court jurisdiction on this issue).
Nelson Mandela took the oath of office in Pretoria to become South Africa’s first black president. The state of Illinois executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy, 52, for the murders of 33 young men and boys.