Day in History: State’s first Hong Kong flu cases reported
1993 – 25 years ago
• The 1993 Minnesota academic all-state football team included Southland’s Matt Leisen in Class C, Matt Dodd of Stewartville, Lake City’s Lowell Siewart and Mankato East’s Chris Vokal and Brad Kliegl in Class A.
• Snowboarders are continuing to be a growing faction in many of the ski hills in Minnesota. Many of the hills are catering more to the boarders this season.
1968 – 50 years ago
• Hong Kong flu, predicted in epidemic proportions this winter, has arrived in Rochester. Eight cases in the area have been reported. The first batch of vaccine against the flu – a strain officially designated A2/Hong Kong/68 – is expected within the next few days. The first batch of the vaccine will be used for high risk groups such as elderly, adults and youngsters with chronic or debilitating illnesses.
• Alvin Karpis, a member of the famous Barker-Karpis gang that succeeded in kidnapping the wealthy Minneapolis beer magnate William Hamm Jr., has been released from the prison on McNeil Island, Wash., after serving 32 years. The kidnapping took place in 1933 and Hamm was released after payment of $100,000 in ransom money.
1943 – 75 years ago
• Fifty-two student nurses of the class of 1946 were capped yesterday at exercises at both the Kahler and St. Marys School of Nursing. At St. Marys 27 girls received their caps and 19 graduated from Kahler.
• Second Lieutenant Barbara Smith, army nurses corps, married Lieutenant George Moebius in a wedding in Kodiak, Alaska, where both are stationed. Lt. Smith graduated from Elgin High School.
1918 – 100 years ago
• Wolves have been causing farmers a great deal of worry and in the near future a drive will be organized for the purpose of trying to rid the territory of these pests that are a danger to the livestock.
• Surprise was registered on many faces when people awoke to find the area covered with snow. Snowballs and building snow men and forts quickly became the order of the day.
From news services
Ten years ago: Indian forces fired grenades at the landmark Taj Mahal hotel, the last stand of suspected Muslim militants, just hours after elite commandos stormed a Jewish outreach center and found six hostages dead. (The 60-hour rampage in Mumbai came to an end the following day.) Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the right thigh with a gun tucked into his waistband at a New York nightclub (Burress was later sentenced to two years in prison for a weapons conviction).