Day in History: New restrictive immigration policies in 1919

January 26, 2019

1994 – 25 years ago

• Parc Williams scored his 1,000th career point to lead Zumbrota-Mazeppa to a 73-58 Hiawatha Valley League victory in boys basketball. The Z-M boys under coach Rick Canton are getting off to a great start and have a record of 9-1.

• The Mall of America will begin offering classes for high school and college students next month. The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and five Twin Cities public school districts have joined forces to open a satellite center with eight classrooms and two computer labs.

1969 – 50 years ago

• Heavy snowfall and high winds created blizzard conditions in the Rochester area, shutting down a number of roads. Cold temperatures will follow with a -15 temperature overnight.

• There were 1,337 infants born at Saint Marys Hospital in 1968, an increase of 97 from 1967. In 1968, there were 744 heart bypass procedures and 17 kidney transplants at Saint Marys.

1944 – 75 years ago

• The congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church approved preliminary plans for construction of a church at Third St. SW and Sixth Avenue.

• About 75 girls and only one man were on hand to hear the opening lecture of the new marriage course at the University of Minnesota. The lone male was there to run the motion picture projector.

• A war production board announcement verified the rumors that there will be no distilling of new whiskey in the United States in 1944. War needs require use of all distilleries for the industrial alcohol need.

1919 – 100 years ago

• Within six months, all American soldiers who are now in France will have returned to the United States. There are currently 1,800,000 Americans overseas.

• The Immigration Act Amendment of 1919 has been brought before the House with the hope of action before Congress adjourns. Because of worldwide turmoil following the end of the war the government feels the need to protect the country from dangerous ideologies and subversive activities.

From news services

Ten years ago

The White House used the Sunday talk shows to warn the country could face a long and painful financial recovery, even with major government intervention. The Eastern Conference won the NHL All-Star game 12-11. Jeremy Abbott won his first title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held in Cleveland. “Slumdog Millionaire” won the Screen Actors Guild Award for best cast of a motion picture; “30 Rock” and “Mad Men” won best for TV comedy and drama casts.

Five years ago

A gunman opened fire at a shopping mall in suburban Baltimore, killing two skate shop employees, 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson; shooter Darion Aguilar then killed himself. On the third anniversary of Egypt’s 2011 uprising, giant crowds danced at government-backed rallies and security forces crushed demonstrations by rival Islamists and some secular activists. Li Na beat Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (3), 6-0 in the Australian Open final. The Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 at Dodger Stadium in the NHL’s first warm-weather outdoor game. Morris “Morrie” Turner, 90, creator of the “Wee Pals” comic strip and the first African-American cartoonist to be syndicated nationally, died in Sacramento, California.

One year ago

President Donald Trump arrived at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland; after meeting there with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump threatened to cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinians unless they negotiated peace with Israel. The White House unveiled an immigration proposal that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million young immigrants living in the country illegally in exchange for new restrictions on legal immigration and $25 billion in border security; House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi charged that it was part of an administration effort to “make America white again.” In an interview in InStyle magazine, Oprah Winfrey said she was not interested in a presidential bid, adding that she doesn’t “have the DNA” for a White House run.

Today’s birthdays

Country singer Claude Gray is 87. Actress Leigh Taylor-Young is 74. Actress Jenifer (cq) Lewis is 62. Country musician Mike Burch (River Road) is 53. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kina is 50. Actress China Kantner is 48. Actress Ana Ortiz is 48. Drummer Joe Sirois (Mighty Mighty Bosstones) is 47. Musician Matt Odmark (Jars of Clay) is 45. Actress Mia Kirshner is 44. Actress Christine Lakin is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Alicia Keys is 39. Actor Michael Trevino is 34. Pop musician Calum Hood (5 Seconds to Summer) is 23. Actress Olivia Edward is 12.

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