1995: 1st African American to walk in space speaks to Rochester students

On this day in 1995, 1970, 1945, 1920

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1995 – 25 years ago

Dr. Bernard Harris, a NASA astronaut, and alumnus of Mayo Graduate School, spoke to Rochester eighth-graders about how he channeled his interests and a dream into a career that included two space shuttle missions. Dr. Harris was the first African American to walk in space.

Two tornados were sighted and confirmed in Rice County. Three buildings were damaged but no injuries were reported.

1970 – 50 years ago

The Milwaukee Road announced it will discontinue service on its passenger trains Nos. 1 and 4. The trains, known as the Pioneer Limited, operate a scheduled between Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Minneapolis.


Reacting to the spate of bomb scares, the Minnesota Association of Commerce and Industry is distributing booklets to Minnesota firms advising them on how to establish procedures and cope with the phenomenon.

1945 – 75 years ago

Gov. Edward J. Thye asked all Minnesotans to can and preserve food during the 1945 canning season to help feed starving families in war-torn Europe.

Numerous accidents throughout Minnesota involving drivers whose licenses have been revoked or suspended will necessitate strict enforcement of the law requiring drivers to carry their license when driving. Servicemen may legally use their old licenses until 60 days after discharge.

1920 – 100 years ago

The orator at the Labor Day celebration at Rochester was Hon. Oscar Hallam, justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

The possibilities of the “ship by truck” idea in the marketing of farm products direct to the consumer will be practiced by C. A. Dutton of the Homeland Orchards at Galesville, Ill. Mr. Dutton will leave tomorrow for Rochester with 120 bushels of farm produce loaded in his big truck.

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