June 6, 1963

Thursday June 6, 1963

This is UPI world radio news, I’m Herbert Gordon.

In Caracas, Venezuela, pro-Communist terrorists made good last night on their threat to destroy the headquarters of the U.S. Military Mission. Eight gunmen overpowered a Venezuelan guard at the building entrance, briefly held 12 American mission employees, splashed gasoline on the building and set it afire. None of the mission personnel were harmed.

In Oxford, Mississippi, the first Negro to attend the University of Mississippi, James H. Meredith, returned for the summer term today, a day after the quiet enrollment of a second Negro. Cleve McDowell, a 21 year old from Drew, Mississippi, entered the law school yesterday and spent his first day on campus without incident. All went smoothly after Governor Ross R. Barnett told a television audience that McDowell was to be accepted only because Mississippi couldn’t “whip the United States Army.” The governor unsuccessfully attempted to block Meredith’s admission last fall.

The millionth mourner passed by the body of Pope John the twenty-third today. Almost a million more are expected to pay tribute under the massive dome of St. Peter’s Basilica before his body is placed in a crypt below the basilica floor tonight. Meanwhile, the church’s cardinals were arriving for the June 19 conclave that will select his successor.

In local news, some 50 state troopers early today patrolled the area from Marlboro to Northboro in search of two youths who hijacked a State Police cruiser and escaped while en route to the Worcester County Jail. The cruiser was found abandoned. Police identified the pair as Joyce A. Manley, 18, of Lynn and Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire, and Gordon L. Slocum, 21, of Somerville.

Weather tomorrow will continue to cool off and today’s rain should clear up by midnight, though heavy morning fog is expected to continue for the rest of the week. A high of 72.

June 6, 1963

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