50 years ago, 1963: In an age-old ceremony the College of Cardinals elected Giovanni Battista Cardinal Montini, archbishop of Milan, the new Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He chose the name Paul VI as a symbol of Christian unity. Pope Paul was 65 and the 262nd ruler of the Church. The pope was chosen on the fifth ballot of the College of Cardinals.
25 years ago, 1988: The drought of 1988 approached Dust Bowl magnitude as Ohio farm crops withered in the fields. Western Ohio received only half its normal rainfall in the spring. You would have to go back to the 1930's to come up with a situation as bad as this, officials said.
10 years ago, 2003: The U.S. Government banned the sale of prairie dogs and recommended smallpox shots for people exposed to monekypox, an exotic African disease that spread from infected prairie dogs to humans. It was the first outbreak of monkeypox ever reported in the Western Hemisphere.