Day in History: Radio workers course opened
1993 – 25 years ago
• Brad Wytaske rushed for 260 yards on 23 carries — including four touchdowns — as Pine Island beat Winona Cotter 34-14 in a Hiawatha Valley League Conference football game.
• The 1913 Wykoff Jail has been restored as a two-room suite and now is billed as the smallest bed and breakfast in Minnesota.
1968 – 50 years ago
• Male enrollment is down and female enrollment is up at the University of Minnesota Graduate School.
• For the second time this year, residents in Austin will vote on the Sunday liquor sales issue. The issue will be placed on the Nov. 5 presidential election ballot. It was turned down by a vote of 3,962 to 2,094 in the city election last April.
1943 – 75 years ago
• A musical program will be presented to the public by students of the Rochester senior high school music department. The show will be under the direction of Miss Helen Church and the production will include music, dance, costumes and humor.
• Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt is celebrating her 59th birthday at Hyde Park, N.Y., with a new hairdo. She indicated she will get it cut a bit shorter and will try the new cold wave permanent.
1918 – 100 years ago
• America now has reached the 2 million mark in troop shipment from her shores to fight in the War to End All Wars.
• A course in radio work has been arranged for the benefit of drafted men who wish to attend the night school for draftees. Any physically fit draftee is eligible for admittance to the class. The government needs 300 radio operators per week.
• Capt. Paul H. Fowler, a former Rochester boy, now is serving in France. Capt. Fowler is a surgeon of the 72nd Aero Squadron.
From news services
Ten years ago: Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced the government had decided to go forward with a plan to buy a part ownership in a broad array of American banks in response to the financial meltdown. Connecticut’s Supreme Court ruled that gay couples had the right to marry, making the state the third behind Massachusetts and California to legalize such unions. An Alaska legislative committee released a report saying Gov. Sarah Palin had violated state ethics laws and abused her power by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper.
Five years ago: Gunmen from one of Libya’s many militias stormed a hotel where Prime Minister Ali Zidan had a residence and held him for several hours. Kwame Kilpatrick, a former Democratic mayor of Detroit, was sent to federal prison to serve a 28-year sentence for widespread corruption that occurred under his watch. Scott Carpenter, 88, the second American to orbit the Earth and one of the last surviving Mercury 7 astronauts, died in Denver.
One year ago: The U.S. soccer team failed to qualify for the World Cup, eliminated with a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago; it ended a run of seven straight U.S. appearances at soccer’s showcase event. A flood of new allegations poured in against movie executive Harvey Weinstein, including testimonies from Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. Reacting to reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had called him a “moron” after a classified briefing, President Donald Trump challenged Tillerson to “compare IQ tests;” the White House insisted Trump was only joking.
Today’s birthdays: Former Illinois Sen. Adlai Stevenson III is 88. Actor Peter Coyote is 77. Entertainer Ben Vereen is 72. Singer John Prine is 72. Actor Charles Dance is 72. Actress Jessica Harper is 69. Author Nora Roberts (aka “J.D. Robb”) is 68. SRock singer David Lee Roth is 64. Actor J. Eddie Peck is 60. Country singer Tanya Tucker is 60. Actress Julia Sweeney is 59. Actor Bradley Whitford is 59. Musician Martin Kemp is 57. Actress Jodi Benson is 57. Rock musician Jim Glennie (James) is 55. Actress Rebecca Pidgeon is 53. Rock musician Mike Malinin (Goo Goo Dolls) is 51. Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre is 49. Actor Manu Bennett is 49. Actress Joelle Carter is 49. Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey is 49. Actor/TV host Mario Lopez is 45. Retired race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 44. Actress Jodi Lyn O’Keefe is 40. Singer Mya is 39. Actor Dan Stevens is 36. Singer Cherie is 34. Actress Rose McIver is 30. Actress Aimee Teegarden is 29.