Day in History: Dr. King’s New Life Pills keep you looking cheerful
1994 – 25 years ago
• Big Blue is back on top. For the first time since 1985, an American company – IBM – leads in inventiveness, winning the most patents from the U.S. government in 1993. IBM had 1,088 patents compared to Toshiba Corp. of Japan was No. 2 with 1,064.
1969 – 50 years ago
• A former resident of the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine was among 10 physicians who left for two months of volunteer work in South Vietnam. Dr. Thomas Kenefick recently completed a residency in neurosurgery at the Mayo Graduate School.
• Some 240 Minnesotans will attend inauguration ceremonies for President Richard Nixon and Vice President-elect Spiro Agnew in Washington, D.C., Jan 20.
• A baccalaureate degree program in nursing will be offered, starting in the fall, at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph.
1944 – 75 years ago
• Wanted: a stenographer and bookkeeper. Excellent pay and working conditions in a modern, air-conditioned office. Apply directly to the Waters Conley Co.
• The Leo Cronin’s Men on 213 S. Broadway is offering luxurious Windsor Paca overcoats for only $35.50.
1919 – 100 years ago
• Rochester High School has entered the State Discussion League speaking contest. The first contest will be among students of the Rochester school.
• If you have lazy bowels, yellow complexion, sick headaches, indigestion, or embarrassing breath, use Dr. King’s New Life Pills. They will keep you looking cheerful.
From news services
Ten years ago
Senate Democrats announced they would accept former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris as President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate successor. Acting at Obama’s behest, President George W. Bush agreed to ask Congress for the final $350 billion in the financial bailout fund. In the final news conference of his presidency, Bush vigorously defended his record but also offered an extraordinary listing of his mistakes — including his optimistic Iraq speech in 2003. Rickey Henderson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot, and Jim Rice made it in on his 15th and final try. French movie actor-writer-director Claude Berri died in Paris at age 74.
Five years ago
Officials announced that Iran had agreed to limit uranium enrichment and to open its nuclear program to daily inspection by international experts. Southwest Flight 4013, a Boeing 737 from Chicago, landed at the wrong Missouri airfield while enroute to Branson. Jeremy Abbott won his fourth U.S. figure skating title at the championships in Boston. At the Golden Globes, “12 Years a Slave” won for best motion picture drama while “American Hustle” was named best musical or comedy picture.
One year ago
President Donald Trump’s White House physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, declared him in “excellent health” after the president received his first checkup at Walter Reed military hospital. Sportscaster Keith Jackson, best known as the down-home voice of college football, died; he was 89. John Tunney, whose successful campaign for a California seat in the U.S. Senate was the basis for the Robert Redford film “The Candidate,” died in Los Angeles at the age of 83.
The Amazing Kreskin is 84. Country singer William Lee Golden (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 80. Actor Anthony Andrews is 71. Movie director Wayne Wang is 70. Actress Kirstie Alley is 68. Political commentator Rush Limbaugh is 68. Legal affairs blogger Ann Althouse is 68. Writer Walter Mosley is 67. Country singer Ricky Van Shelton is 67. Radio-TV personality Howard Stern is 65. Writer-producer-director John Lasseter is 62. Broadcast journalist Christiane Amanpour is 61. Actor Oliver Platt is 59. Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins is 59. Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos is 55. Rock singer Rob Zombie is 54. Actor Olivier Martinez is 53. Rapper TBird (B-Rock and the Bizz) is 52. Model Vendela is 52. Actress Farrah Forke is 51. Actress Rachael Harris is 51. Rock singer Zack de la Rocha is 49. Rapper Raekwon (Wu Tang Clan) is 49. Singer Dan Haseltine (Jars of Clay) is 46. Rock musician Matt Wong (Reel Big Fish) is 46. Singer Melanie Chisholm (Spice Girls) is 45. Contemporary Christian singer Jeremy Camp is 41. Actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Amerie is 39. Actress Issa Rae is 34. Actress Naya Rivera is 32. Actor Will Rothhaar is 32. Actor Andrew Lawrence is 31. Rock singer ZAYN is 26. Pop/soul singer Ella Henderson (TV: “The X Factor”) is 23.