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Day in History: War over as Germany signs armistice

November 11, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• About 100 people lined up on the sidewalk this morning in front of the Woolworth’s store in downtown Rochester waiting for the doors to open for the first day of the store’s going out-of-business sale. The store is expected to close for good Dec. 31.

• A $27 million Mayo Clinic research center in Scottsdale, Ariz., has opened this week. The Samuel Johnson Medical Research Building will be one of a few research centers equipped to perform gene insertion and gene deletion, which allows scientists to create models of human disease.

1968 – 50 years ago

• Swimming and wrestling cheerleaders were named at Rochester John Marshall High School. They are Denise Cochran, Jan Geyer, Lynn Mehring and Linda Swenson.

• Three players from Mayo High were selected as part of the 23-man all-Big Nine Conference football team. The Mayo players who made the team are Tom Leiferman at offensive tackle, Gary Jacobson at defensive end and Ed Banner at linebacker.

1943 – 75 years ago

• Lourdes High school graduates of 1943 can consider themselves one of the healthiest, most fit classes in the country as every one of the 15 male graduates and two of the girls are now in the armed forces of the United States.

1918 – 100 years ago

• The armistice with Germany was signed today and hostilities were suspended. Throughout Rochester whistles blew and church bells rang. Schools were dismissed and downtown Rochester was filled with cars in the streets honking horns. Flags, bunting, steamers and confetti showed up. The city went wild with patriotism.

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