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Day in History: Eyota bank robber escapes, captured in Fort Dodge

September 20, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Rochester visiting with Mayo Clinic officials and participated in a forum called “Minnesota Speaks: Our Hopes for Health Care Reform.”

• Residents of Byron schools will be able to inspect the remodeling and construction projects that have been completed at the three schools during an open house. Voters passed a $7.2 million building referendum in 1990 to fund the construction of a new elementary building, a high school auditorium and several remodeling projects.

1968 – 50 years ago

• The Rochester School Board adopted a $12,277,000 spending program for 1968-69. The record budget is a 21 percent increase over 1967-68.

• Mrs. Henry Lane Williams, widow of the famed University of Minnesota football coach for whom Williams Arena was named and mother of a former Mayo Clinic staff physician, has died. Her husband, “Doc” Williams, was a physician and head football coach at the U of M from 1900 to 1921. Her son, Dr. Henry Williams, was a member of the Mayo Clinic staff for 33 years and head of the Section of Otolaryngology and Rhinology.

1943 – 75 years ago

• Thomas Runyon escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary on Sept. 13. He was the convicted bank robber from a robbery at Eyota in November 1937. After his escape and an exchange of gunshots with a farmer south of Iowa Falls, Iowa, he was captured in Fort Dodge. He already is sentenced to life in prison.

• Several thousand cases of newly packed corn were damaged by fire which broke out at the Lakeside Canning company plant in Plainview. The plant will continue to operate and the total amount of damage has not been determined.

1918 – 100 years ago

• Mrs. C. H. Mayo of Rochester was named a member of the state committee on Americanization by Minnesota Governor Joseph Burnquist.

• At a parish rally in the Margaret Brackenridge Memorial Hall, all members of the Episcopal church in Olmsted County will have a reunion. Every communicant of the church is invited.

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Ten years ago: President George W. Bush told the country his administration was working feverishly to calm turmoil in the financial markets. The president met with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who then asked Congress to give the government power to rescue banks by buying up their bad assets. Stocks on Wall Street shot up more than 400 points on word a plan was in the works.

Five years ago: Syrian President Bashar Assad, in a Fox News Channel interview, said a United Nations report finding “clear and convincing evidence” sarin nerve gas was used in Syria painted an “unrealistic” account, and denied his government had orchestrated the attack. Former heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton, 70, died in Las Vegas.

One year ago: Hurricane Maria intensified into a dangerous Category 5 storm, surging into the eastern Caribbean on a path that would take it near many of the islands recently devastated by Hurricane Irma. Toys R Us, the pioneering big box toy retailer, announced that it was filing for bankruptcy protection, but that it would continue its normal business operations. (The company announced in March of 2018 that it would be liquidating its U.S. business.)

Today’s birthdays: Singer Jimmie Rodgers is 85. Actor Robert Blake is 85. Actor Fred Willard is 85. Actor Eddie Jones is 84. Gospel singer Bobby Jones is 80. Singer Frankie Avalon is 78. Actress Beth Grant is 69. Rock musician Kerry Livgren is 69. Actress Anna Deavere Smith is 68. The U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, is 67. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino is 66. College Football Hall of Famer and retired NFL player Billy Sims is 63. Movie director Mark Romanek is 59. Baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is 59. Alt-country-rock musician Mark Olson is 57. Singer Joanne Catherall (Human League) is 56. Actress Holly Robinson Peete is 54. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ricky Bell (Bell Biv Devoe and New Edition) is 51. Actress Aisha Tyler is 48. Former racing cyclist Lance Armstrong is 47. Opera singer Anna Netrebko is 47. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 47. Actor James Marsden is 45. Actress Emily Rutherfurd is 44. Actor Travis Schuldt is 44. Rapper Xzibit is 44. Comedian-actor Jason Sudeikis is 43. Actress Sophina Brown is 42. Actor Barrett Foa is 41. Talk show co-host Sara Haines (TV: “Good Morning America”) is 41. Actress Alison Lohman is 39. Designer Brandon Maxwell is 34. Actors Brandon and Taylor Porter are 25. Actor Patrick Schwarzenegger is 25. Country singer Tae Dye (Maddie and Tae) is 23. Actor C.J. Sanders is 22.

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