Day in History:
1994 – 25 years ago
• A political newsletter has named 1st District Congressman Tim Penny as Politician of the Year. The newsletter, Politics in Minnesota, is published 22 times a year and is in its 12th year.
• Northwest Airlines is offering special round-trip “Elvis fares” to Memphis, Tenn. The fares, from $39 to $99 round-trip, are good on the day of Presley’s 59th birthday.
1969 – 50 years ago
• The Rochester John Marshall Rockets boys basketball team beat Red Wing 64-61 in a down-to-the-wire finish before a crowd of 2,500 at the JM gym. The Rockets remain undefeated this season with a 7-0 record.
1944 – 75 years ago
• The measles epidemic moved in to full stride in Rochester the past month. Dr. F. M. Feldman, city health officer, reported 954 reported cases. Dr. Feldman expects that the city will continue to have cases for several weeks.
1919 – 100 years ago
• An entire family has been wiped out by influenza at Red Wing. A father, mother and only child all died from the influenza pandemic.
• Robert Plummer entertained a number of friends last evening. He was celebrating his seventh birth anniversary.
• The Winona street commissioner issued a statement to citizens that stated, “Keep your sidewalks clean or the city will do it for you and charge it up to you.” Winona believes in clean and safe sidewalks no matter how many miles of them there are.
From news services
Ten years ago
President-elect Barack Obama met with congressional leaders, declaring the national economy was “bad and getting worse” and predicting lawmakers would approve a mammoth revitalization package within two weeks of his taking office. Former Attorney General Griffin B. Bell died in Atlanta at age 90. Retired Lt. Gen. Harry W.O. Kinnard, a paratroop officer who’d suggested the famously defiant answer “Nuts!” to a German demand for surrender during the World War II Battle of the Bulge, died in Arlington, Va., at age 93.
Five years ago
The Iraqi military tried to dislodge al-Qaida militants in Sunni-dominated Anbar province, unleashing airstrikes and besieging the regional capital. Acting with a court order, the family of Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy, removed her from a California hospital to be cared for elsewhere. (Following several years of being on life support, Jahi died June 22, 2018, following surgery.)
One year ago
“Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff, a book in which former aide Steve Bannon was quoted as expressing doubts about President Donald Trump’s competence, was released; Trump had said on the eve of publication that the book was full of “lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist.” New York City officials said the city had ended 2017 with 290 murders, the fewest on record in the modern era; the number of shootings and overall crimes had also declined. Actor Jerry Van Dyke died in Arkansas at the age of 86. Astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, died at his Houston home; he was 87.
Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale is 91. Actor Robert Duvall is 88. Juan Carlos, former King of Spain, is 81. Singer-musician Athol Guy (The Seekers) is 79. Former talk show host Charlie Rose is 77. Actress-director Diane Keaton is 73. Actor Ted Lange is 71. Rhythm-and-blues musician George “Funky” Brown (Kool and the Gang) is 70. Rock musician Chris Stein (Blondie) is 69. Former CIA Director George Tenet is 66. Actress Pamela Sue Martin is 66. Actor Clancy Brown is 60. Singer Iris Dement is 58. Actress Suzy Amis is 57. Actor Ricky Paull (correct) Goldin is 54. Actor Vinnie Jones is 54. Rock musician Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) is 53. Actor Joe Flanigan is 52. Dancer-choreographer Carrie Ann Inaba is 51. Rock musician Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age) is 51. Actress Heather Paige Kent is 50. Rock singer Marilyn Manson is 50. Actor Shea Whigham is 50. Actor Derek Cecil is 46. Actress-comedian Jessica Chaffin is 45. Actor Bradley Cooper is 44. Actress January Jones is 41. Actress Brooklyn Sudano is 38. Actor Franz Drameh is 26.
Thought for Today: “It is the job that is never started that takes longest to finish.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, English author (1892-1973).