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

June 17, 1924, Wilmington Morning News

New $150,000 high school inaugurated in Smyrna

With the dedication of Smyrna High School on June 16, another modern public school was added to the Delaware system.

The building was constructed jointly by Pierre S. DuPont, acting through the Delaware School Auxiliary, and the people of the town. The cost was about $150,000 (excluding equipment). The Auxiliary provided $100,000, and the remainder was raised by a bond issue of the Smyrna School Board….

The site and the adjacent sports field include ten acres, for which a total of $15,000 was spent.

The building has 12 rooms and can accommodate 360 ​​to 400 students. The lecture hall has 500 seats.

June 18, 1994, The News Journal

OJ Simpson's escape ends with arrest; double murder charge

OJ Simpson was arrested in his driveway Friday night after fleeing charges of murdering his ex-wife and her boyfriend, leading police 60 miles (96 kilometers) of highways and city streets.

“I can hardly express in words my fear that this matter would have turned out differently,” said Simpson's lawyer Robert Shapiro, who had previously feared that the former football star would commit suicide…

The arrest, just before 9 p.m., was the culmination of an incredible drama that was broadcast live on national television. Police first charged Simpson, then declared him missing, and finally followed him along highways in his white Ford Bronco before making the arrest…

19 June 1983, Sunday News Journal

First American woman in space: thrills on the scale of Disney's best

A female voice came from space on Saturday after the space shuttle Challenger roared into Earth's orbit with a crew of five astronauts – four men and Sally K. Ride, the first American woman in space.

“Have you ever been to Disneyland?” Ride asked the Mission Control Center in Houston. “Well, that’s definitely an E-ticket,” a reference to the expensive tickets Disneyland used to sell for admission to its best rides and attractions…

Among the women who followed Ride's journey into space history at the Kennedy Space Center were feminist author Gloria Steinem, film star Jane Fonda, half a dozen congresswomen and a dozen prominent American businesswomen…

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21 June 1975, Evening Journal

Jaws: A top box office hit, gripping – and disgusting

“Jaws” – pardon the pun – will give the cinema business a boost this summer. And give its audience grey hair.

The $8 million film about a marauding great white shark off a vacation colony is expected to be – and will be – the highest-grossing film of the year. Like The Exorcist and The Godfather before it, Jaws will be THE must-see film, and everyone will do the producers that favor.

Quite simply, Jaws is the most terrifying and gripping film of the year – perhaps even of all years.

They are not afraid of some “Amazon monster” with bulging eyes and webbed feet, of giant mutated ants or of a colossal monkey. They are afraid of the truth – the knowledge that… the average shark attack occurs in one meter of water and 3 meters from the shore…

In the presentation of 27-year-old director Steven Spielberg, “Jaws” aims for action and shock, not messages…

The real star is the white plastic shark, named Bruce by its creator, former Disney special effects chief Robert A. Mattey. Mattey built three robot sharks – one that turns left, one that turns right and one that swims underwater – for $150,000 per shark.

Despite the security in the cinema, every appearance of the shark triggers screams from the audience…

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June 22, 1956, Wilmington Morning News

Miller refuses to name communists, will marry Marilyn Monroe

Playwright Arthur Miller today staged a live-action drama in two acts by (1) announcing his marriage to Marilyn Monroe and (2) publicly admitting that he had made a mistake by supporting communist fronts.

“I would not support a cause dominated by communists,” he said.

The Capitol was the backdrop for the drama: Miller, 40, tall and lanky, wearing a navy blue suit and smoking a pipe, was the center of attention in his speech to the House Un-American Activities Committee.

The Pulitzer Prize winner told the committee that he wanted a passport to travel to England to see a production of a play and “to meet the woman who will become my wife.”

During a break, he told reporters he would marry the curvy blonde before she goes to London to shoot a film…

Now the man who wrote plays like Death of a Salesman and The Crucible is going to marry the troupe's pin-up girl…

The committee summoned Miller to discuss why he was denied a passport in 1954 on the grounds that his travel abroad would not be in the best interests of the United States.

“I was never subject to the discipline of the Communist Party,” Miller said. “As for supporting front organizations, I would not deny that – I am here to tell the truth.”

Miller was then asked to name other people who had attended meetings of communist writers in 1939 or 1940.

“I couldn’t use another person’s name and cause them trouble,” Miller said….

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