Looking Back – May 7

Around Columbus

May 7

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.


The Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced it would close the Hope license branch, along with 11 others around the state, at an annual savings of $8,405.


Irwin Union Bank and Trust Co. opened its first in-store banking center at Kroger Sav-On by cutting a ribbon made of $10 bills, which were donated to Columbus Food Bank.


Planes from the 434th Troop Carrier Wing at Bakalar Air Force Base were used to transport troops and equipment into Latin America as part of stepped-up U.S. moves against rebels in the Dominican Republic.

Around the world


America’s first inaugural ball was held in New York in honor of President George Washington, who’d taken the oath of office a week earlier.


Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, had its premiere in Vienna.


The minimum voting age for British women was lowered from 30 to 21 — the same age as men.


U.S. Army Gen. Jonathan Wainwright went on a Manila radio station to announce the Allied surrender of the Philippines to Japanese forces during World War II.


Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims (rams), France, ending its role in World War II. The 1944 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded; winners included John Hersey for his novel “A Bell for Adano,” Mary Chase for her play “Harvey,” and Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal for his picture of the Iwo Jima flag-raising.