1995: Rudy Perpich, longest-serving Minnesota governor, dies of cancer

On this day in 1995, 1970, 1945, 1920

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1995 – 25 years ago

Former players and members of their family, along with Rochester Community College fans, are invited to homecoming activities. Former coaches Steve Kereakos and Cy Champa will be on hand for the homecoming game. Formers players will be honored at halftime.

Rudy Perpich, Minnesota’s longest-serving governor has died of cancer at his home in Minnetonka. He was 67. Perpich served two non-consecutive terms, 1976-79 and 1983-1991.

1970 – 50 years ago

President Nixon sent a personal message to nearly 1,000 college presidents and administrators telling them it is their responsibility to enforce the rule of reason on college campuses.


The Minnesota Vikings gained a measure of revenge for their Super Bowl loss to Kansas City by defeating the Chiefs 27-10 in the opening season game for both teams.

1945 – 75 years ago

A hot lunch program for children attending Preston schools will begin Oct. 1. Lunches will be prepared and served in the Presbyterian church basement. The local Lions Club will assist with clean-up.

The Mayo Properties association asked the City Council for street improvements in the newly platted Homestead addition in southeast Rochester. The construction of homes in the area will proceed immediately.

1920 – 100 years ago

Jane Cowl, stage and film actress paid her first visit to Rochester when she arrived in a special “Great Western” railroad car. She is considered a great dramatic star and a beauty of the American stage. She will appear at the Metropolitan Theatre in the play “Smilin' Through.”

Thousands of dollars worth of wine will be made in southeast Minnesota within the next few months from one of the largest crops of wild grapes in the history of the region.

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