Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Nov. 24, 1967

Friday, Nov. 24, 1967 —

  • The Christmas buying season began today as shoppers flooded Downtown Salisbury. Traffic on Downtown streets was extra heavy and all parking spaces were filled by 10 a.m. One police officer said the crowds were the largest he had ever seen in Salisbury, despite threatening skies and temperatures in the mid-30s.
  • Wicomico officials were closely watching a student discipline situation that has been playing out for several weeks in Delmar. Charles “Greg” Nichols was expected to seek readmittance to school following Thanksgiving vacation, after being suspended until he agreed to cut his shoulder-length hair. The American Civil Liberties Union has agreed to help the 17-year-old legally fight for his readmission. Delaware Board of Education officials recently ruled that Delmar school officials have no authority to prescribe rules for student appearance.
  • Henry The Seal, a 70-pound California sea lion that has called Salisbury Zoo home for just a few weeks, was found dead in his new exhibit area. Zookeeper Milton Ardis said Henry had suddenly lost his normally immense appetite over the past few days. An autopsy performed by Public Works Director Phillip C. Cooper found about 5 pounds of “foreign matter” inside the sea lion, including bottle caps, stones and oyster shells. Officials believe zoo visitors were breaking rules and feeding the objects to the animal.
  • Mark Holloway, a 6-foot-tall, 175-pound senior on Wi-Hi’s football team, stunned the crowd at County Stadium on Thanksgiving Day when he kicked a 90-yard punt in Wi-Hi’s 14-13 win over James M. Bennett. Witnesses said the ball flew 80 yards in the rain; no one can recall a longer punt in County Stadium history. Holloway also scored a touchdown in the game, and blocked a Bennett punt.

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