Day in History: Dances stopped because hugging permitted

December 2, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• Laura Horn and Morgan Sill, who were named United Cheerleading Association All-Star cheerleaders at the UCLA Cheerleading Camp this summer, performed in the Foley’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Houston, Texas.

• Seniors Debbie Brogen, Amy Denisen and Sarah Hopp were named to the first quarter “A” honor roll at Grand Meadow High School.

• 1968 – 50 years ago

Brent Wohlers of Lake City won the Punt, Pass and Kick area competition for 8-year-olds during halftime of the Vikings – Rams football game at Metropolitan Stadium. Young Mr. Wohlers will now compete in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition in Atlanta, GA.

• The Lourdes High School class of 1963 held its fifth class reunion at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Ninety persons attended the gathering.

1943 – 75 years ago

• Humphrey Bogart is starring in “Sahara,” which is now showing at the Chateau Theatre. Admission is 35 cents. Also showing is a Bugs Bunny cartoon and the latest news films.

• The newly organized Hawthorne Men’s Club will hold its first meeting at the school gymnasium. Postwar plans for the city will be discussed as well as future plans for the Rochester Airport.

1918 – 100 years ago

• The local police have been informed that the St. Cloud Police Department had to stop a series of dances because booze was being distributed and hugging was permitted in the guise of “moonlight waltzes.”

• Letters are being sent out to the high school boys of the city extending an invitation to join the Y.M.C.A. Bible study classes at the Y will start next week.

From news services

Ten years ago: The National Bureau of Economic Research officially declared the U.S. to be in a recession; the Dow industrials lost 679 points to end a five-day win streak. President-elect Barack Obama announced his national security team, including Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state, Eric Holder as attorney general and Janet Napolitano as homeland security secretary; Obama also said that Robert Gates would stay on as defense secretary. Actor Paul Benedict, who played English neighbor Harry Bentley on “The Jeffersons,” died on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. at age 70.

Five years ago: A New York City commuter train rounding a riverside curve derailed, killing four people and injuring more than 70 (federal regulators later said a sleep-deprived engineer had nodded off at the controls just before taking the 30 mph curve at 82 mph, causing the derailment). Edward J. “Babe” Heffron, 90, whose World War II service as a member of Easy Company was recounted in the book and television miniseries “Band of Brothers,” died in Stratford, New Jersey.

One year ago: Retired general Michael Flynn, who served as President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about reaching out to the Russians on Trump’s behalf; he said members of the president’s inner circle had, at times, directed his contacts. (Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18, 2018.) The president dismissed as “fake news” reports that he wanted to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (Trump replaced Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in March, 2018.)

Today’s birthdays: Actor-director Woody Allen is 83. World Golf Hall of Famer Lee Trevino is 79. Singer Dianne Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 79. Country musician Casey Van Beek (The Tractors) is 76. Television producer David Salzman is 75. Rock singer-musician Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult) is 74. Rock musician John Densmore (The Doors) is 74. Actress-singer Bette Midler is 73. Singer Gilbert O’Sullivan is 72. Former child actor Keith Thibodeaux (TV: “I Love Lucy”) is 68. Actor Treat Williams is 67. Country singer Kim Richey is 62. Actress Charlene Tilton is 60. Actress-model Carol Alt is 58. Actor Jeremy Northam is 57. Actress Katherine LaNasa is 52. Producer-director Andrew Adamson is 52. Actor Nestor Carbonell is 51. Actress Golden Brooks is 48. Actress-comedian Sarah Silverman is 48. Actor Ron Melendez is 46. Contemporary Christian singer Bart Millard is 46. Actor-writer-producer David Hornsby is 43. Singer Sarah Masen is 43. Rock musician Brad Delson (Linkin Park) is 41. Actor Nate Torrence is 41. Rock/Christian music singer-songwriter Mat Kearney is 40. Rock musician Mika Fineo (Filter) is 37. Actor Riz Ahmed (Film: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”) is 36. Actor Charles Michael Davis is 34. R&B singer-actress Janelle Monae is 33. Actress Ashley Monique Clark is 30. Pop-rock-rap singer Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots) is 30. Actress Zoe Kravitz is 30. Pop singer Nico Sereba (Nico & Vinz) is 28. Actor Jackson Nicoll is 15.

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