Fifty years ago today, September 12, 1966
Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky declared today the smashing success of South Viet Nam’s national elections “spells the beginning of the end” for the Communist threat to this war-ravaged country.
Gubernatorial candidate Lester Maddox today challenged opponent Jimmy Gray to take a lie detector test in connection with charges that Gray lieutenants attempted last Friday to pay him $100,000 to get out of the race.
Cause for Alarm
Three companies of the Columbus Fire Department rushed to the Fourth National Bank building late this morning. According to the firemen, an unidentified person had planned to use the elevator but accidentally hit the wrong button, sounding the fire alarm.