Day in History: Dr. Will Mayo to address graduating nurses
1994 – 25 years ago
• Nydia Klepper and Amy Waugh have been honored with “Valiant Women” awards by Church Women United in Rochester. Both are longtime community and church volunteers.
• Brian Mensink, a Rochester Mayo graduate now playing baseball for the University of Minnesota, was named to the spring academic all-Big Ten team.
1969 – 50 years ago
• Ted Gunnarson has been named Rochester State Junior College’s athletic director on a one-year interim basis, beginning next fall. Gunnarson has also been appointed chairman of the physical education department.
• Rochester State Junior College’s tennis team has won the Southern Minnesota JC Conference title.
• Rich Larson’s hitting led the Mayo High B squad to an 8-3 victory over Byron in baseball.
1944 – 75 years ago
• A former Rochester high school student, prominent in music, Cpl. William Johnston, whose home is in Byron, appears in several scenes of the newsreel picturing Easter services at the battlefront in Italy. The newsreel is being shown at theaters throughout the area. Cpl. Johnston’s work has largely been that of assistant to the chaplains, playing for three or four services on Sunday at various camps.
• Eight county school superintendents of southeastern Minnesota met to discuss post-war planning for rural education and a minimum salary law for rural teachers.
• Ensign Mark (Gerry) Brataas of Rochester is now in PT boat training at Jacksonville. Following that, he will go into bomber training.
1919 – 100 years ago
• Invitations have been issued by the Sisters of St. Francis, and the class of 1919 of Saint Marys Hospital nurses training school for commencement exercises May 27. The main address will be given by Dr. W. J. Mayo, and diplomas will be conferred by Dr. C. H. Mayo.
• Word has been received that there will be a summer camp for women between the ages of 14 and 18 at Lakeview in Lake City. Those desiring to spend a week at Lakeview must register at the Y.W.C.A.
From news services
Ten years ago
A day after the Senate voted to keep the Guantanamo prison camp open, President Barack Obama made his case for closing the facility, denouncing what he called “fear-mongering” by political opponents; Obama made his case moments before former Vice President Dick Cheney delivered his own address defending the Bush administration’s creation of the camp. A 66-year-old woman with terminal cancer became the first person to die under Washington state’s new assisted suicide law.
Five years ago: With outrage mounting over veterans’ health care, President Barack Obama declared that misconduct alleged at VA hospitals would not be tolerated. China signed a $400 billion gas deal with Russia, binding Moscow more closely to Beijing amid international sanctions for Russian actions in Ukraine. Wendell Scott became the first African-American driver to be elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
One year ago
Syria’s military captured an enclave in southern Damascus from Islamic State militants after a monthlong battle, bringing the entire capital and its suburbs under full government control for the first time since the civil war began in 2011. A divided Supreme Court ruled that businesses can prohibit their workers from banding together in disputes over pay and conditions in the workplace, finding that individual employees can be forced to use arbitration, not the courts, to air complaints about wages and overtime. Gina Haspel was sworn in as CIA director. Netflix announced a multi-year deal with Barack and Michelle Obama; there were no details announced on what shows they would make. The U.S. Postal Service announced that it would soon issue its first scratch-and-sniff stamps, featuring illustrations of ice pops.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Ron Isley (The Isley Brothers) is 78. Rock musician Hilton Valentine (The Animals) is 76. Musician Bill Champlin is 72. Singer Leo Sayer is 71. Actress Carol Potter is 71. Former Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is 68. Actor Mr. T is 67. Music producer Stan Lynch is 64. Actor Judge Reinhold is 62. Actor-director Nick Cassavetes is 60. Actor Brent Briscoe is 58. Actress Lisa Edelstein is 53. Actress Fairuza Balk is 45. Rock singer-musician Mikel Jollett (Airborne Toxic Event) is 45. Rapper Havoc (Mobb Deep) is 45. Rock musician Tony LoGerfo (Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real) is 36. Actor Sunkrish Bala is 35. Actor David Ajala is 33. Actress Ashlie Brillault is 32. Country singer Cody Johnson is 32. Actor Scott Leavenworth is 29. Actress Sarah Ramos is 28.