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Day in History: After six-month gas war in Rochester, prices stabilize

September 26, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• The percentage of Minnesota private college students who graduate in four years is more than twice the national average. It was reported that 59.2 percent of students who enter Minnesota’s 16 private colleges in 1988 graduated four years later, compared to 26 percent nationally.

• Two seniors, King Josh Conway and Queen Avis Calvert, from John Marshall High school, are celebrating a homecoming victory after the Rockets crushed Albert Lea 33-7. The royal pair both are sports standouts at JM and will be college-bound next year.

1968 – 50 years ago

• The Post Office Department is placing a number of blue mailboxes throughout the country to see if people like them and if the color helps cars not to run into them. If the tests are successful, the nation’s 400,000 mailboxes will be given a blue face-lift. Reflective decals will be added as well.

• After a nine-month gas war where gas prices plummeted to 15.9 cents a gallon, gas prices have stabilized in the area. The “normal” price of regular gasoline is about 34.9 cents a gallon. Premium grade will run 4 cents a gallon more.

• Hopes are high among are Republicans that presidential candidate Richard Nixon will make a campaign swing through Rochester within the next month.

1943 – 75 years ago

• Dr. Edith Hewitt of the pediatrics department of Mayo Clinic will give health examinations to all 11th-grade girls of the Rochester High School. Later in the year, all the boys in the same grade will be examined.

• A 1-year old girl was brought to Colonial Hospital after swallowing a safety pin, which became lodged in her throat. The pin was able to be removed and the tiny patient was okay.

1918 – 100 years ago

• Sergeant Ruth Farnham, the first American woman soldier in the present war, will lecture in Rochester on Oct. 9 under the auspices of the Commercial Club. Sergeant Farnham has been in recent action.

• Because of the paper shortage, all theme papers written by the high school student must now be written on both sides of the paper.

From news services

One year ago: Former congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months behind bars for illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl. North Korea’s top diplomat said his country had the right to shoot down U.S. warplanes, after President Donald Trump’s weekend tweet suggesting that the North’s Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer.” Britain’s Prince Harry and girlfriend Meghan Markle made their first public appearance as a couple, attending a wheelchair tennis event at the Invictus Games for wounded veterans in Toronto.

Today’s birthdays: Broadcast journalist Barbara Walters is 89. Folk singer Ian Tyson is 85. Polka bandleader Jimmy Sturr is 77. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is 75. Actor Josh Taylor is 75. Actor Robert Walden is 75. Actor-producer Michael Douglas is 74. Model Cheryl Tiegs is 71. Actress Mimi Kennedy is 70. Movie director Pedro Almodovar is 69. Actor-director Anson Williams is 69. Actor Mark Hamill is 67. Basketball Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo is 67. Actor Colin Friels is 66. Actor Michael Madsen is 60. Actress Heather Locklear is 57. Actress Aida Turturro is 56. Actor Tate Donovan is 55. TV personality Keely Shaye Smith is 55. Actress Maria Doyle Kennedy is 54. Basketball Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen is 53. Actor Jason Flemyng is 52. Actor Will Smith is 50. Actor Hal Sparks is 49. Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is 49. Rock musician Mike Luce (Drowning Pool) is 47. Actress Bridgette Wilson-Sampras is 45. Actress Clea DuVall is 41. Actor Robbie Jones is 41. Actor Joel David Moore is 41. Actor Chris Owen is 38. Rapper T. I. is 38. Actor Van Hansis is 37. Actor Lee Norris is 37. Actor/rapper Donald Glover (AKA Childish Gambino) is 35. Actor Zach Woods is 34. Actor Jordan Gavaris is 29. Olympic silver medal figure skater Mao Asada is 28. Actress Emmy Clarke is 27.

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