Fifty years ago today, July 22, 1967
Ledger readers this week voiced overwhelming approval of keeping the death penalty and, at the same time, voted against pulling U.S. troops out of Vietnam. And by a substantial margin, readers approved building municipal swimming pools for people who do not have private pools or who cannot afford membership in organizations which have them.
The Johnson administrative went $9.9 billion in the red during fiscal 1967, the second highest budget deficit ever recorded during a time when the nation was not fighting a declared war. Soaring costs of the war in Vietnam accounted for $9.8 billion of the spending increase over the original budget.
Ironclad’s Anchor Raised
A 2,000 pound anchor was raised briefly from its 103-year-old resting place but has been returned to the bottom of Mobile Bay until the sunken union ironclad Tecumseh is also brought to the surface. Salvage workers from Smithsonian Institution studied the relic for about two hours Friday before lowering it back into the muddy bay to prevent deterioration.