Day in History: TGI Fridays opens in Rochester

November 20, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• TGI Fridays, an international chain, opened its 255th restaurant along U.S. 52 in Rochester this week. The new dining space seats 190 guests at tables and at its bar.

• Stewartville High School has been recognized as the best in the state for its health and recreation program. The award is given by the Minnesota Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

1968 – 50 years ago

• Rochester only received a few snow flurries but 18 inches of snow and 30-mile-an-hour winds hit Duluth.

• Olmsted County has a draft call for 18 men for December according to the Selective Service Office. The quota is the second highest for 1968.

• Mankato State College is withdrawing from the Northern Intercollegiate Conference and will enter the North Central Conference in 1970-71. ’Kato State football will join the conference in 1972.

1943 – 75 years ago

• The Rochester Senior High School presented Clifford Goldsmith’s “What a Life” in the Central auditorium. The play was mostly set in the principal’s office and many cast members played faculty members. The “make up” committee did an outstanding job.

• “For the world of tomorrow will have today’s students at its helm, and they will need all the knowledge and enlightenment that books can give them to build the future with vision and intelligence.” The quotation repeated by Miss Marion Baker, school librarian will serve as the slogan for the observance of Book Week in the Rochester senior high school.

1918 – 100 years ago

• In the near future it will not be lawful for anyone to build a bonfire in the restricted district of Rochester. For years businesses would burn its rubbish but a new ordinance will put an end to this practice.

• Five weeks of mandatory closing of all the city theaters has caused great financial hardship. Theater management of the city has asked for a refund of license money for this period of when the places of business were closed.

From news services

Ten years ago: Al-Qaida’s No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, slurred Barack Obama as a black American who does the bidding of whites in a new Web message intended to dent the president-elect’s popularity among Arabs and Muslims.

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