Day in History: City safety record set in 1943
1994 – 25 years ago
• The Rochester Post Bulletin editorial board’s wishes for 1994 include a vigorous effort to produce jobs, a continued effort to maximize higher education opportunities, a determined program to increase educational standards at all levels, zero tolerance for violence and gang activities and a determined effort to recruit office holders who are competent, mature, competent and willing to address the community’s basic problems.
1969 – 50 years ago
• Top stories for Southeast Minnesota included the proposed Rochester urban renewal plan, Dr. C. W. Mayo’s death on July 28, the move of the Rochester State Junior College from leased quarters to the $2 million first stage of a $10 million campus in east Rochester and Robert King, the Austin young man, being sentenced to life in prison for the slaying of a Rochester police officer.
• Nearly a third of a million coho salmon eggs are in the hatching troughs of the Lanesboro Fish Hatchery and “looking very good” according to Russell Hanson, area fisheries supervisor.
1944 – 75 years ago
• For the first time since the Rochester Police Department started keeping yearly traffic records, the city has completed a year without any deaths resulting from traffic accidents.
• A St. Charles teacher was credited with saving the life of 8-year-old Richard Brown of Winona. Miss Bonnie Nash pulled the boy to safety when he broke through the thin ice 50 feet from the shore of Lake Winona.
1919 – 100 years ago
• Some folks in the country served by the Rochester Post Office did not receive their mail today. Route eight was not covered because the carrier, George Parker, was laid up following a run-away accident.
• Twenty-four new cases of Spanish influenza were reported in the city on Jan. 1-2, according to Dr. Booker Granger.
• Paul Bandel entertained 14 at a sleigh ride party. Following the sleigh ride, refreshments were served at the Bandel home at Five Corners.
From news services
Ten years ago
President George W. Bush branded Hamas rocket attacks on Israel an “act of terror” and outlined his own condition for a cease-fire in Gaza. President-elect Barack Obama and his family arrived in Chicago after a holiday vacation in Hawaii. AirTran Airways apologized to nine Muslims kicked off a New Year’s Day flight to Florida. Actor John Travolta’s 16-year-old son, Jett, died at the family’s vacation home in the Bahamas. Peyton Manning won a record-tying third Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award. No. 7 Utah finished a perfect season with a 31-17 upset of No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Five years ago
Fifty-two passengers trapped for more than a week on an icebound Russian research ship in the Antarctic were rescued when a Chinese helicopter swooped in and plucked them from the ice a dozen at a time. In the Sugar Bowl, No. 11 Oklahoma took down third-ranked Alabama 45-31.
One year ago
Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said he would not seek re-election after serving more than 40 years in the Senate; the announcement cleared the way for 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to successfully run for the seat. Sen. Al Franken formally resigned from the Senate a month after the Minnesota Democrat announced his plan to leave Congress amid a series of sexual misconduct allegations. NBC News announced that Hoda Kotb would be the co-anchor of the first two hours of the “Today” show, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing due to sexual misconduct allegations.
Country musician Harold Bradley is 93. Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is 77. TV host Jack Hanna is 72. Actress Wendy Phillips is 67. Actress Cynthia Sikes is 65. Actress Gabrielle Carteris is 58. Movie director Todd Haynes is 58. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher David Cone is 56. Actress Tia Carrere is 52. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is 51. Model Christy Turlington is 50. Actor Taye Diggs is 48. Actress Renee Elise Goldsberry is 48. Rock musician Scott Underwood is 48. Rock singer Doug Robb (Hoobastank) is 44. Actor Dax Shepard is 44. Actress Paz Vega is 43. Country musician Chris Hartman is 41. Ballroom dancer Karina Smirnoff (TV: “Dancing with the Stars”) is 41. Rock musician Jerry DePizzo Jr. (O.A.R.) is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kelton Kessee (IMX) is 38. Pop singer-musician Ryan Merchant (Capital Cities) is 38. Actress Kate Bosworth is 36. Actor Peter Gadiot is 34. Jazz singer-musician Trombone Shorty is 33. Singer-songwriter Mandy Harvey (TV: “America’s Got Talent”) is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer-rapper Bryson Tiller is 26.