Day in History: Beatles music banned because of Lennon statement

1991 – 25 years ago

• The Rochester City Council has authorized a contest to design welcoming signs at three major points of entry around the city. The signs cannot be more than 1,000 square feet and the winner will receive two round-trip tickets to Sydney, Australia.

• The Mayo Clinic plans to connect its Charter House residence to the main medical complex with a skyway and a 238-foot subway. Construction is expected to begin this summer.

1966 – 50 years ago

• Two old Northern Pacific railroad cars stand ready at the Depot House supper club in Rochester, the former Chicago and North Western railway depot on North Broadway. The club, including the rail cards, will seat about 750.


• All three rock 'n' roll radio stations, KROC, KWEB and KOLM will enforce a ban on Beatles music following an anti-Christianity statement by John Lennon.

1941 – 75 years ago

• A new grandstand is the standout improvement at this year's Olmsted County Fair. A modern, steel and concrete structure seating 3,000 comfortably. An all-metal roof cuts off the sun's rays and rain drops.

• Spring Valley Methodist minister Rev. Harry Evans has amassed a collection of 4,500 volumes of old and rare books. He has catalogued all of them and indexed each with its reference for sermon uses.

1916 – 100 years ago

• Rochester girls are being warned that bold, bad men are grabbing young girls and cutting off their hair. It has been ascertained that the hair thieves are selling their spoils to the wigmakers and hair dressers.

• Charles Callaghan, prominent attorney of Rochester, has been named as a member of the reception committee to greet Charles Evans Hughes, Republican presidential candidate, when he comes to the Twin Cities to make two campaign addresses. (Hughes would lose to incumbent President Woodrow Wilson)

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Ten years ago:Floyd Landis was fired by his team and the Tour de France no longer considered him its champion after his second doping sample tested positive for higher-than-allowable levels of testosterone. The late Reggie White was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, John Madden, Rayfield Wright and Harry Carson. Four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher died in Seattle at age 51.

Five years ago:Standard & Poor's lowered the United States' AAA credit rating by one notch to AA-plus. A federal jury convicted three New Orleans police officers, a former officer and a retired sergeant of civil rights violations in the 2005 shooting deaths of a teenager and a mentally disabled man crossing the Danziger Bridge following Hurricane Katrina. (The convictions were overturned because of prosecutorial misconduct, and the former officers pleaded guilty in April 2016 to a reduced number of charges.) The sun-powered robotic explorer Juno rocketed toward Jupiter on a five-year quest to discover the secret recipe for making planets. (Juno reached Jupiter on July 4, 2016.)

One year ago:In a speech at American University in Washington, President Barack Obama assailed critics of his Iran nuclear deal as "selling a fantasy" to the American people, warning Congress that blocking the accord would damage the nation's credibility and increase the likelihood of more war in the Middle East. Actress Jennifer Aniston secretly married actor-director Justin Theroux at their home in Bel Air, California.

Today's birthdays:Actor John Saxon is 80. College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL player Roman Gabriel is 76. Country songwriter Bobby Braddock is 76. Actress Loni Anderson is 71. Actress Erika Slezak is 70. Rock singer Rick Derringer is 69. Actress Holly Palance is 66. Singer Samantha Sang is 63. Rock musician Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister) is 61. Actress-singer Maureen McCormick is 60. Rock musician Pat Smear is 57. Author David Baldacci is 56. Actress Tawney Kitaen is 55. Actress Janet McTeer is 55. Country musician Mark O'Connor is 55. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Patrick Ewing is 54. Actor Mark Strong is 53. Actor Jonathan Silverman is 50. Country singer Terri Clark is 48. Retired MLB All-Star John Olerud is 48. Rock musician Eicca Toppinen (Apocalyptica) is 41. Country musician Will Sellers (Old Dominion) is 38. Actor Jesse Williams is 36. Actor Brendon Ryan Barrett is 30. Actor Albert Tsai is 12.

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