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

October 2, 1961, Wilmington Morning News

Yanks’ husbands sets homerun mark, smashes No. 61

Roger Maris hit his 61st homer in the New York Yankees’ final game yesterday, setting a major league single-season record of 162 games in a 1-0 win over Boston.

By an executive order of Commissioner Ford Frick, Babe Ruth’s record of 60, set in 1927, still stands as a single-season record of 154 games.

When Maris threw a 2-0 fourth-inning pitch from Boston rookie Tracy Stallard into the lower stands of right field, about 360 feet from home plate, a crowd of 23,154 at Yankee Stadium burst into a frenzied ovation. . After tipping his hat and diving into the dugout, Maris was pushed onto the field by his teammates to take two more bows….

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October 3, 1985, Evening newspaper

The restart of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant is underway

Middletown, Pennsylvania – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today gave final approval for the restart of the Three Mile Island Unit 1 reactor, paving the way for operators to create a self-contained nuclear chain reaction for the first time in 6 and a half years….

Plant personnel have been working all morning preparing to start the chain reaction between 2 and 3 p.m. today….

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling paved the way for the end of a dormant period that began in 1979 when fuel melted in adjacent Unit 2 in the nation’s worst commercial nuclear accident. Unit 1 was unaffected by the March 1979 accident, when Unit 2 lost its water cooling shield and the nuclear fuel melted, releasing radiation into the environment.

Sixteen people were arrested yesterday when 45 anti-nuclear activists responded to the Supreme Court action with a protest at the factory’s main entrance….

October 4, 1995, The News Journal

Not guilty: OJ Simpson acquitted of murder charges

OJ Simpson returned home a free man yesterday, spared an unpredictable jury to choose a life of privilege over a life in prison. Acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife and her friend, he has pledged to hunt down the real killers who are “out there somewhere”.

In a courtroom about to explode with emotion, silence fell as Judge Lance Ito’s clerk, Dierdre Robertson, read the two words: “Not Guilty”.

Front page of the News Journal of October 4, 1995.

Simpson smiled, said the words “Thank you” to the jury, then folded his hands. Lead attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr., standing behind Simpson, slapped his back and rested his forehead on his shoulder. Attorney Shawn Chapman cried and grabbed the hand of jury consultant Jo-Ellan Dimitrius.

Tears of anguish and cries of joy gushed from the three families whose lives were torn apart by the bloody June 12, 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

“Oh my God!” exclaimed Simpson’s adult daughter, Arnelle, as she hugged her brother, Jason.

“We did it!” a family member exulted in Cochran….

The cheerfulness contrasted sharply with the solemn atmosphere of the prosecutor’s offices.

“June 13, 1994 [the day he learned of his son’s death], was the worst nightmare of my life. It’s the second,” Goldman’s father, Fred, told a news conference about the prosecution. “This team of prosecutors did not lose today. I deeply believe that this country lost today. Justice has not been served. »

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Time stood still as Delawares awaited verdict

At 1 p.m. Tuesday, they were waiting with beating hearts, eyes glued to the televisions, ears straining to the radios. They drummed their fingers and rubbed their eyebrows. A few prayed.

Throughout Delaware – in lounges, offices, canteens, bars, senior centers, shopping malls, student lounges, classrooms, parlors, jury rooms, the train station and the Wilmington City Hall – people were buzzing in anticipation of “The Verdict”.

As Judge Lance Ito spoke, silence fell. The phones stopped ringing. And when court clerk Dierdre Robertson uttered the words “Not Guilty,” emotions ran high.

Cheers, hugs and jubilation from some. Mockery, shock and disgust from others. And there was also a stoic acceptance.

OJ Simpson had been acquitted of murdering his ex-wife and a friend of hers. As the trial of the century ended, Delawares remained racially divided over Simpson’s guilt or innocence….

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October 5, 1957, Wilmington Morning News

Russians launch first artificial moon

The Soviet Union announced today that it has the world’s first artificial moon to circle the globe 560 miles in space.

A multi-stage rocket launched the Earth satellite yesterday, the Russians said, firing it up at about five miles per second. They said the satellite, a globe described as measuring 23 inches in diameter and weighing 185 pounds, can be seen in its orbit with glasses and tracked by radio thanks to the instruments it carries.

Front page of the Wilmington Morning News for October 5, 1957.

Radio signals on the wavelength of the Soviet moon – sounding like a deep “beep, beep, beep” – were picked up by RCA engineers, and the satellite was first sighted by a Moonwatch team of Terre Haute, Indiana.

By thus announcing the launch of the first terrestrial satellite ever put into orbit around the globe under human control, the Soviet Union claimed a victory over the United States….

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