Day in History: Political ads flood TV market
1993 – 25 years ago
• A new golf course to be called Pine Island Golf Course is being built mostly by people of the community, who are volunteering their time to do everything from bulldozing to planting flowers. The course is located on an 83-acre site in the southeast part of the city.
• Rochester John Marshall tennis coach Tim Butorac was named the Big Nine coach of the year for the third time since 1984 when he became JM girls coach.
1968 – 50 years ago
• For those who think the television screens are full of nothing but politics, the line may be, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” This year more than any before, the presidential candidates are relying on television to get their messages to voters. In particular, Richard Nixon is flooding the television market with one- and five-minute spot commercials.
• Wanted: Cocktail waitress – Heidelberg Bar on First Ave. SW — $1.75 per hour – full or part-time. Apply in person.
• Wanted: Tupperware needs dealers – will train – very profitable – call Loraine in Austin.
1943 – 75 years ago
• Miss Mary Ellen Rousseau was crowned queen of Rochester High School’s homecoming festivities. There will be a snake dance preceding the football game with Faribault (RHS would win the game 14-0).
• A Kenyon high school girl was under treatment for infantile paralysis. Kenyon schools have been ordered closed and all public gatherings cancelled. Dr. Moses, Kenyon health officer, said the schools would be kept closed for at least 10 days.
• Wanted: The US Treasury Department is in need of stenographers, typists and clerical workers. These 48-hour-a-week jobs are located in Washington D.C.
1918 – 100 years ago
• An announcement was made this afternoon that on account of the danger of spreading Spanish influenza, the Red Cross dance will not be held this week. It has also been reported that there are 180,000 new cases of Spanish influenza in the German armies. The Vienna dispatch says that 100,000 cases are in Budapest.
• One busy Rochester physician made 60 calls one day this week and traveled 55 miles on his rounds.
From news services
Ten years ago: As Wall Street reeled and global markets plunged, President George W. Bush said the U.S. economy was going to be “just fine” in the long run, but cautioned that the massive rescue plan would take time to work. The Dow industrial average dropped to 9,955, its first close below 10,000 since 2004. Germany’s Harald zur Hausen and French researchers Francoise Barre-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in medicine.
Five years ago: International disarmament experts began dismantling and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal and the equipment used to produce it. At least 51 people were killed in Egypt when security forces and Islamist protesters clashed during a national holiday. Tiger Woods beat Richard Sterne, 1 up, to give the Americans the 18 points they needed to win the Presidents Cup for the fifth straight time.
One year ago: The board of directors of The Weinstein Co. said movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was on indefinite leave from the company he founded amid an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a grassroots effort aimed at pressuring the world’s nuclear powers to give up those weapons, won the Nobel Peace Prize. The NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, the first major pro sports franchise in Las Vegas, played their first regular-season game in Dallas five days after the shooting that left 58 people dead in Las Vegas; the team would go on to reach the Stanley Cup finals in its first season.
Today’s birthdays: Broadcaster and writer Melvyn Bragg is 79. Actress Britt Ekland is 76. Singer Millie Small is 72. The president of Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams, is 70. Singer-musician Thomas McClary is 69. Musician Sid McGinnis is 69. Former CBS chief executive officer Les Moonves is 69. Rock singer Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) is 67. Rock singer-musician David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) is 64. Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dungy is 63. Actress Elisabeth Shue is 55. Singer Matthew Sweet is 54. Actress Jacqueline Obradors is 52. Country singer Tim Rushlow is 52. Rock musician Tommy Stinson is 52. Actress Amy Jo Johnson is 48. Actress Emily Mortimer is 47. Actor Lamman Rucker is 47. Actor Ioan Gruffudd is 45. Actor Jeremy Sisto is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Melinda Doolittle is 41. Actor Wes Ramsey is 41. Singer-musician Will Butler is 36. Actress Stefanie Martini is 28.