Day in History: NAACP elects George Gibbs as president

December 15, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• “Keeping the Peace,” a series of reports on law enforcement in Minnesota, will be aired in Rochester beginning today on Minnesota Public Radio KZSE 90.7. Topics will include the power of police, why people choose careers in law enforcement, relation with minorities and law enforcement in rural areas.

• In a 1,316 to 46 vote, instructors at Minnesota’s 34 technical colleges have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a union.

1968 – 50 years ago

• George Gibbs, a personnel specialist at IBM, is elected president of the Rochester Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at the annual meeting.

• Broomball — like hockey without skates — has been added to the list of activities run under the auspices of the Rochester Park and Recreation Department. The game will debut here Jan. 2 with teams competing in a regular season schedule.

1943 – 75 years ago

• The Lourdes High school boys basketball team opened its home season with a 29-16 win against Pillsbury Academy of Owatonna. Lourdes’ next opponent is St. Felix of Wabasha.

• The mercury sank to 1 degree below zero in Rochester this morning. Mankato reported 12 below and Warroad reported “fair, calm and 20 below zero.”

• Officials at Carleton College in Northfield are estimating losses in the range of $21,000 for the loss of a three-story girls’ dormitory to a fire. Most of the 26 freshman girls were in the dormitory when the fire broke out and they all got out safely.

1918 – 100 years ago

• It is possible that Rochester may receive a captured German cannon and other trophies of the world war for use in conjunction with the soldiers’ memorial proposed by Congressman Sydney Anderson of the 1st Minnesota Congressional District.

• Next Sunday has been designated as “Letters form Home” day. Every mother and father, every wife and sweetheart is urged to write to the boys across the sea, urging them to be true to their country, their loved ones and themselves.

From news services

Ten years ago: The White House weighed its options for preventing a collapse of the troubled U.S. auto industry. Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford won the Heisman Trophy after guiding the highest-scoring team in major college football history to the national championship game.

Five years ago: North Korea’s state-run media announced the execution the day before of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle, portraying Jang Song Thaek as a morally corrupt traitor. Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian filed for divorce from Lamar Odom after four years of marriage.

One year ago: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill the Senate seat of fellow Democrat Al Franken until a special election in November, 2018. Congressional Republicans reached agreement on a major overhaul of the nation’s tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans; middle- and low-income families would get smaller tax cuts. The New York Times published claims by three women that they had been raped by music mogul Russell Simmons in the 1980s and 1990s; Simmons denied the allegations.

Today’s birthdays: Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz is 98. Actor-comedian Dick Van Dyke is 93. Actor Christopher Plummer is 89. Country singer Buck White is 88. Music/film producer Lou Adler is 85. Singer John Davidson is 77. Actress Kathy Garver (TV: “Family Affair”) is 73. Singer Ted Nugent is 70. Rock musician Jeff “Skunk” Baxter is 70. Country musician Ron Getman is 70. Actor Robert Lindsay is 69. Country singer-musician Randy Owen is 69. Actress Wendie Malick is 68. Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is 68. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is 65. Country singer John Anderson is 64. Singer-songwriter Steve Forbert is 64. Singer-actor Morris Day is 62. Actor Steve Buscemi is 61. Actor Johnny Whitaker (TV: “Family Affair”) is 59. Rock musician John Munson (Semisonic; Twilight Hours) is 56. Actress-reality TV star NeNe Leakes is 52. Actor-comedian Jamie Foxx is 51. Actor Bart Johnson is 48. Actor Jeffrey Pierce is 47. TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos is 44. Rock singer-musician Thomas Delonge is 43. Actor James Kyson Lee is 43. Actress Kimee Balmilero (TV: “Hawaii Five-0”) is 39. Actress Chelsea Hertford is 37. Rock singer Amy Lee (Evanescence) is 37. Actor Michael Socha is 31. Singer Taylor Swift is 29. Actress Maisy Stella is 15.

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