Day in History: Base Hospital 26 home; happy reunions

May 5, 2019

1994 – 25 years ago

• Marquette junior Chago Navarro was named the Great Midwest Conference track athlete of the week. This is the third time this year Navarro, a Rochester Lourdes grad, has earned athlete of the week honors.

1969 – 50 years ago

• Dr. A. J. Kinder, superintendent of Rochester public schools will be speaker at Mayo High School’s annual National Honor Society induction program.

• Minnesota Sen. Walter Mondale will be the speaker at the May 25 commencement exercises at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

• Douglas Miller of Rochester has been named by Rochester Jaycees as chairman of the 1969 Gypsy Frolic. Miller is an employee of the Dayton Co.

1944 – 75 years ago

• The mystery play, “Murder Mansion,” will be presented by the Mazeppa High School senior class. Some members of the play include Dorothy Cliff, Lyle Olstad, Elaine Hoffman and Walter Tri. The play is under the direction of Edwin Sandberg.

• High winds drove the Rochester temperature below freezing today as winter played a return engagement. With the seeding season already three weeks late, several days of warm, dry weather is needed to permit resumption of seeding operations in Olmsted County.

• Chief pilot of a B-26 bomber group in the Army Air Forces and chief test pilot at Harlingen, Texas, is Lt. Walter Garbisch, son of Mrs. Eva Garbisch of Rochester.

1919 – 100 years ago

• Rochester will soon have another large hotel. The Campbell Hotel Co. will construct a fire-proof, modern 50-room hotel. The cost is estimated at $75,000.

• The new “College Apartments” on Fourth Street Southwest, are gradually being filled with tenants.

• Many hearts were glad when the 9:30 p.m. train from the east pulled in, bringing home the enlisted personnel of Rochester’s own base hospital 26. They left Rochester on Dec. 14, 1917. In their work they attended to thousands of sick and wounded. Well done, and welcome home.

From news services

Ten years ago

President Barack Obama promised to crack down on companies “that ship jobs overseas” and duck U.S. taxes with offshore havens. Jeff Kepner, of Augusta, Ga., underwent the nation’s first double-hand transplant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Mexican officials lowered a swine flu alert level in their capital. Cleveland’s LeBron James was named the NBA’s MVP. Actor, comedian and director Dom DeLuise, 75, died in Santa Monica, Calif.

Five years ago

Eight acrobats were injured, most of them seriously, when a carabiner clip broke during an aerial hair-hanging stunt, sending the women plummeting to the ground during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show in Providence, R.I. Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams was released without charge after five days of police questioning over his alleged involvement in the decades-old IRA killing of a Belfast mother of 10, Jean McConville.

One year ago

President Donald Trump suggested that his newly hired attorney, Rudy Giuliani, needed to “get his facts straight” about the hush money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 election; Giuliani had earlier said that Trump knew about the payment to Daniels made by his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and that Trump had paid Cohen back. The Connecticut Supreme Court overturned the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel in the 1975 bludgeoning death of a girl in Greenwich, finding that Skakel’s trial attorney had failed to present evidence of an alibi. (The U.S. Supreme Court later left in place the Connecticut high court ruling.) Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols got his 3,000th hit, reaching the mark with a broken-bat single against the Seattle Mariners.

Today’s birthdays

The former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, is 91. Katherine Jackson, matriarch of the Jackson musical family, is 89. Jazz musician Ron Carter is 82. Pulitzer Prize-winning political commentator George Will is 78. Pop singer Peggy Santiglia Davison (The Angels) is 75. Actor Richard Jenkins is 72. Country singer Stella Parton is 70. Actor-turned-clergyman Hilly Hicks is 69. Irish musician Darryl Hunt (The Pogues) is 69. Singer Jackie Jackson (The Jacksons) is 68. Singer-actress Pia Zadora is 67. Rhythm-and-blues singer Oleta Adams is 66. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., is 65. Violinist Soozie Tyrell (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band) is 62. Country singer Randy Travis is 60. Actress Mary McDonough is 58. Comedian Ana Gasteyer is 52. Actor Will Arnett is 49. Rock musician Mike Dirnt (Green Day) is 47. Contemporary Christian singer Chris Tomlin is 47. TV personality and fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons is 44. Rock musician Jose Castellanos is 42. Sports reporter Erin Andrews is 41. Singer Lance Bass (’N Sync) is 40. Actress Ruth Negga is 38. Rapper/singer Jidenna is 34. Actor Alexander Gould is 25. Country singer RaeLynn is 25. Actress Amara Miller is 19. Actress Brooklynn Prince (Film: “The Florida Project”) is nine.