Prison opens

How old is Alabama's Julia Tutwiler prison for women? Old enough that on this date in 1942 it got a feature-photo treatment announcing its opening.

Dec. 13, 1942, in The Star: At 11 o’clock yesterday morning an Irishman, a Russian, six Canadians, a Swede, a Czecho-Slovakian, an Austrian and three Germans entered the federal courtroom in the post office building. At 1:30 p.m. the doors of that courtroom swung open and 14 Americans walked out, heads high and eyes straight ahead. In the course of an hour and a half a modern miracle had been wrought and 13 soldiers and one civilian were made citizens of this nation, each granted all privileges of that status by Federal Court Judge Thomas A. Murphy. Also this date: A pilot flying his light civilian aircraft from Mississippi to Birmingham a couple of days ago had to keep flying east because the cloud ceiling was so low in the Magic City. When he reached Anniston he was low on fuel, so he made a bumpy landing in a pasture beside Fink’s packing house in Oxanna. His plane was slightly damaged but is now being repaired.

Dec. 13, 1992, in The Star: The shroud has been lifted, the rings are on order and space is being made in the Jacksonville State University athletic trophy case. With the 17-13 conquest of the Pittsburg State Gorillas, of Kansas, in Florence, the Gamecocks became the 1992 Division II national football champions. “On paper, this team wasn’t supposed to win the national championship,” said offensive coordinator Charlie Maniscalco. “It just goes to show you what can happen when you have a group of young men that believe in themselves and believe in what they’re doing.” A key play came at the very end of the game, when Eric King broke up a PSU pass at the goal line on a fourth-and-six play from the JSU 22 with 24 seconds remaining.