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Identical 7-year-old twins Jamie, (left) and Joey Thompson look to the new year on the front page of the Messenger dated Dec. 31, 1975.

75 years ago Dec. 2, 1946

Child with two heads is still alive today — The Associated Press reported from England that the strange child, rare in medical history, ate and cried normally with both its perfectly formed heads with other prematurely born babies.

The child, born on Tuesday, cannot be described as a “Siamese Twin” as it has two heads and two necks that are joined at the shoulders but only one trunk.

50 Years ago Dec. 29, 1970

Plight of Apollo 13 is top story for 1970 — “Hey, we’ve got a problem here,” came the voice from space, and thus began the top news story of 1970, according to the Associated Press.

The normal flight, which changed into an epic journey of suspense, ended when the three astronauts safely splashed into the Pacific four days later.

Other stories included shootings at Kent State and Jackson State universities,Vietnam War spreads to Cambodia, and terrorism spreads across the United States.

25 Years ago Dec. 29, 1995

Santa’s special delivery — Santa was seen at the gas pumps filling up his firetruck at Bob & Ann’s Market this past weekend.

The Sedalia Volunteer Fire Department engine No. 1 was on loan to Santa for the third year as the department sponsored the special delivery of toys to “good little girls and good little boys.”

10 Years ago Jan. 3, 2011

3,000 red-wing blackbirds fall from Arkansas sky — Wildlife experts are trying to solve an apocalyptic-type mystery, according to the Associated Press, why did nearly 3,000 red-winged blackbirds tumble from the Arkansas sky on New Year’s Eve?

The birds fell in an area about a mile long and a half-mile wide. Commission ornithologist Karen Rowe says the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail, or may have been startled by fireworks.

5 Years ago Dec. 29, 2015

‘Trotters’ Lemon was ambassador of basketball — Meadowlark Lemon, the “clown prince” of basketball’s Harlem Globetrotters, whose blend of hook shots and humor brought joy to millions around the world, has died, at 83.

The Associated Press reported that Lemon’s wife and daughter had confirmed to the team that he died Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona.

1 Year ago Dec. 29, 2019

Former Graves man honored for big cat care — Robin Conn has volunteered more than eight years at the CFAR, which is home to nearly 30 rescued lions, tigers, leopards, and cougars that were kept as pets, or came from government agencies.

Conn and his wife, live in Florida.

“You Read It Here First” was compiled by Mayfield Messenger circulation manager Mike Clark. All these stories can be found on microfilm in the genealogy room at the Graves County Public Library.