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Day in History: William McCoy describes Fourth of July celebration

August 9, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• Austin’s Rob Haedt and the inspired defense led the Outstate squad past the Metro 7-6 in the annual Minnesota High School All-Star football game at O’Shaughnessy Stadium in St. Paul. Haedt had the Outstate’s only touchdown, a 43-yard reception from Cory Sauter of Hutchinson. Rochester John Marshall’s Snuffy Williams was the head coach of the Outstate squad.

• Former Rochester Lourdes and Iowa State basketball star Laurie Decker has accepted a full-time assistant coaching position at California Polytechnic State University.

1968 – 50 years ago

• Sen. Walter Mondale will be speaker at a $100-a-couple First District fund-raising event at the Kahler Hotel. The Minnesota junior senator is co-chairman of the national Hubert Humphrey-for-President campaign.

• Torrential rain doused much of Minnesota overnight flooding many basements and causing crop damage expected to be severe in some areas. Seven-inch rains fell at Mankato and Albert Lea. The rain and wind also dropped the temperature 15 degrees in 15 minutes.

1943 – 75 years ago

• Eighteen young women, most of them from Rochester, stood in line before an array of flags and took the oath of allegiance to the WAVES on the steps of the Post Office.

• Lieutenant Commander Harold Stassen, former governor of Minnesota and Republican leader, has been appointed as secretary and personal aide to Admiral William Halsey, fleet commander in the south Pacific.

1918 – 100 years ago

• William McCoy wrote home describing a unique Fourth of July he spent in France. A wealthy French woman who loves America sponsored a program of moving pictures, dancing and food for the troops. McCoy said it was a great day for the men who are close to the front. McCoy wrote it was a remarkable Fourth but he hopes the next one he will spend back home in the good old U.S.A.

• Ten registered nurses who will graduate from the Winona General hospital of Winona, Minn., in September have enrolled for Red Cross service.

From news services

Ten years ago: China opened the Summer Olympic Games with an extravaganza of fireworks and pageantry. A charter bus crashed near Sherman, Texas, killing 17 members of a Vietnamese-American Catholic group en route to Missouri. Former Democratic presidential candidate and vice-presidential nominee John Edwards admitted having an extramarital affair. Russia sent an armored column into the breakaway enclave of South Ossetia after Georgia launched an offensive to crush separatists there.

Five years ago: The U.S. sharply escalated its drone war in Yemen, with military officials in the Arab country reporting three strikes that left a dozen dead. Actress Karen Black, 74, who was featured in such counterculture favorites as “Easy Rider,” Five Easy Pieces” and “Nashville,” died in Los Angeles. Opera singer Regina Resnik, 90, died in New York.

One year ago: President Donald Trump said continued North Korean threats aimed at the United States would cause the U.S. to respond with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Venezuela’s new constitutional assembly, created by embattled President Nicolas Maduro, took over the halls of the opposition-controlled congress and decreed itself to be superior to all other branches of government. Singer Glen Campbell died in Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 81; he had announced in 2011 that he’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Nita Talbot is 88. Actor Dustin Hoffman is 81. Actress Connie Stevens is 80. Country singer Phil Balsley (The Statler Brothers) is 79. Actor Larry Wilcox is 71. Actor Keith Carradine is 69. Movie director Martin Brest is 67. Radio-TV personality Robin Quivers is 66. Percussionist Anton Fig is 65. Actor Donny Most is 65. Rock musician Dennis Drew (10,000 Maniacs) is 61. TV personality Deborah Norville is 60. Actor-singer Harry Crosby is 60. Rock musician The Edge (U2) is 57. Rock musician Rikki Rockett (Poison) is 57. Rapper Kool Moe Dee is 56. Rock musician Ralph Rieckermann is 56. Middle distance runner Suzy Favor Hamilton is 50. Rock singer Scott Stapp is 45. Country singer Mark Wills is 45. Actor Kohl Sudduth is 44. Rock musician Tom Linton (Jimmy Eat World) is 43. Singer JC Chasez (’N Sync) is 42. Actress Tawny Cypress is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer Drew Lachey (98 Degrees) is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marsha Ambrosius is 41. Actress Lindsay Sloane is 41. Actress Countess Vaughn is 40. Actor Michael Urie is 38. Tennis player Roger Federer is 37. Actress Meagan Good is 37. Rock musician Eric Howk (Portugal. The Man) is 37. Actress Jackie Cruz (TV: “Orange is the New Black”) is 34. Britain’s Princess Beatrice of York is 30. Actor Ken Baumann is 29. Pop singer Shawn Mendes is 20. Actress Bebe Wood (TV: “The Real O’Neals”) is 17.

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