• An anonymous giver has presented to the Bowdoin College library a handsome wall clock with cathedral chimes. This clock has been hung in the main entrance of the library over the card catalogue case.

• Spear & Webster strictly cash grocers, 224 Main St., Lewiston. Penley’s blue tag whole smoked hams, 11 cents/lb.; smoked shoulders, 8½ cents/lb.; genuine lambs (not mutton), 12 cents/lb.; fine cooking eggs, 25 cents/doz.; Western fresh eggs, 28 cents/doz.; nearby strictly fresh eggs, 30 cents/doz.; 100 lbs. granulated sugar, $5.29; elegant naval oranges, 25 cents, 30 cents, and 35 cents/doz.

50 years ago, 1958

• President Eisenhower announced early today America’s first satellite is in orbit around the earth. The president’s dramatic announcement was issued at his vacation headquarters a few minutes before 1 a.m. The Army fired a tube of metal more than six feet long into an orbit around the earth tonight. A 70-foot-long Jupiter-C launching vehicle sent the satellite more than 200 miles into space, and clusters of smaller rockets pushed it to orbital velocity of 18,000 miles per hour.

• The Bates College “Winter Olympics” carnival was opened in real Olympic-style last night by the lighting of a Empyrean urn with a torch carried all the way from Augusta by 14 Bates students running a 30-mile relay.

25 years ago, 1983

• The number of people moving into Maine has slowed to a trickle compared with the numbers of Maine people leaving the state, according to a new study by a division of the Maine Department of Human Services. Net immigration totaled only 288 individuals in 1981. That figure compares with the 75,000 new residents who entered the state between 1970 and 1980 – an annual gain of 7,500.

• The refining arm of Gulf Oil Corp. notified the U.S. producers from which it buys crude that its offering price will be $31 a barrel for West Texas Intermediate, the bellwether grade for U.S. crude.


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