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Tom Anderson submitted this photo of a mountain bluebird in the Badlands last month. 

05 16 history

ON MAY 16, 1868, at the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson, 35 out of 54 senators voted to find Johnson guilty of "high crimes and misdemeanors" over his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, falling one vote short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict; the trial ended 10 days later after two other articles of impeachment went down to defeat as well.

In 1532, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and a small band of soldiers landed on the northwestern coast of Peru.

In 1770, Marie Antoinette, age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15.

In 1920, Joan of Arc was canonized by Pope Benedict XV.

In 1939, the federal government began its first food stamp program in Rochester, N.Y.

In 1948, CBS News correspondent George Polk, who had been covering the Greek civil war between communist and nationalist forces, was found slain in Salonika Harbor.

In 1953, Associated Press correspondent William N. Oatis was released by communist authorities in Czechoslovakia, where he had been imprisoned for two years after being forced to confess to espionage while working as the AP's Prague bureau chief.

In 1975, Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

In 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court, in California v. Greenwood, ruled that police could search discarded garbage without a search warrant. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop released a report declaring nicotine was addictive in ways similar to heroin and cocaine.


Two Cents comments for May 16

Why does the school district and city have administrators when all they do is hire consultants to make their decisions for them? Think of how much money they could save.

A new arena is not going to cause ticket prices to double or triple, as it is the event promoter and not the civic center that determines ticket prices. Most, if not all, ticket revenue goes to the promoter — the civic center makes its money on concession sales.

We need a better location for the civic center. We could convert the Rushmore Mall; there’s parking all the way around it.

Turning the Legion Lake Fire into a prescribed burn and training project had a great deal to do with its "historic" size. 

Sexting on the rise for 10 year olds and up? No reason grade or middle school kids need a cellphone, so parents are partially to blame. If you’re going to buy your child a cellphone get a kid-friendly flip phone and if you feel your child needs a smart phone then put restrictions on it.

I dearly miss St. John's and Bennett hospitals. The care was professional, personal and compassionate, and the best part: you were treated by your own personal physician who, in the majority of cases, had known you and your family for years.