Day in History: Town of Tyler torn to pieces by tornado

1993 – 25 years ago

• Close to 20,000 IBM employees, their families, guests and retirees attended the "IBM Rochester Appreciation Day." This is the 38th year of the event.

• For the first time this fall, the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic will team up to offer a master of science degree in nutrition entirely in Rochester. This is the eighth University of Minnesota program to be offered entirely in Rochester. 

1968 – 50 years ago

• Twenty-five boys went on a binge of window and furniture breaking, armed themselves with broken pieces of furniture and got out of a cottage at the Red Wing Training School. Only one boy successfully escaped the facility.


• Dr. Philip Hench, son of Mrs. Philip Hench of Rochester and the late Dr. Hench, has been named assistant to the director of Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, Calif.

1943 – 75 years ago

• Several servicemen told of their experiences at the American Legion luncheon. Verne Simmons, pharmacist’s mate, was aboard the carrier Saratoga when it was torpedoed by the Japanese. The carrier did not sink and was able to be repaired and returned to service. Lieutenant Peter Ramme told of his eight months in the Aleutians and said weather in that part of the world is "terrible." (The battle of Attu in the Aleutians was the only land battle fought on American soil in World War II.)

1918 – 100 years ago

• Funeral services will be held for Mrs. Nels Holm. Rev. Thorson will conduct services in Norwegian. She was born in Denmark and came to America. She married Nels Holm 51 years ago and has resided on a farm in Rock Dell Township.

• Word is coming in that the tornado that tore up the town of Tyler, Minn. killed 36 people and injured more than 100. Eighteen people in a restaurant were killed. Every building on the main street was destroyed except for a movie theater.

From news services

Ten years ago:A suicide bomber struck a welcome-home celebration on Baghdad's outskirts for an Iraqi detainee released from U.S. custody, killing at least 25 people. An Iran-bound passenger jet carrying 90 people crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing some 70 people. On the final day of the Beijing Games, Kobe Bryant hit two 3-pointers in a big fourth quarter to help the United States defeat Spain 118-107 and win the men's basketball gold medal for the first time since 2000. Waipahu, Hawaii, defeated Matamoros, Mexico, in the Little League World Series, 12-3.


Five years ago:Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech (delivered on August 28, 1963). Julie Harris, 87, one of Broadway's most honored performers, died in West Chatham, Massachusetts.

One year ago:Presidential adviser Jared Kushner met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to try to jumpstart peace talks. Former Carter administration Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus, who engineered the conservation of millions of acres of Alaska land, died at the age of 85. Mavis Wanczyk, a hospital worker from the western Massachusetts town of Chicopee, was announced as the winner of the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history, a $758.7 million Powerball prize; lottery officials said she chose to take a lump sum payment of $480 million, or $336 million after taxes. Florida put a convicted killer, Mark Asay, to death using an anesthetic (etomidate) that had never before been used in a U.S. lethal injection.

Today's birthdays:Composer-musician Mason Williams is 80. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marshall Thompson (The Chi-Lites) is 76. Rock musician Ken Hensley is 73. Actress Anne Archer is 71. Actor Joe Regalbuto is 69. Actor Kevin Dunn is 63. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is 63. Actor-writer Stephen Fry is 61. Actor Steve Guttenberg is 60. Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is 58. Actor Jared Harris is 57. Talk show host Craig Kilborn is 56. CBS News correspondent Major Garrett is 56. Rock singer John Bush is 55. Actress Marlee Matlin is 53. Basketball Hall of Famer Reggie Miller is 53. Broadcast journalist David Gregory is 48. Country singer Kristyn Osborn (SHeDaisy) is 48. Movie director Ava DuVernay is 46. Actor-comedian Dave Chappelle is 45. Actor James D'Arcy is 45. Actor Carmine Giovinazzo is 45. Actor Alex O'Loughlin is 42. Actress Beth Riesgraf is 40. Actor Chad Michael Murray is 37. Christian rock musician Jeffrey Gilbert (Kutless) is 35. Singer Mika is 35. Actor Blake Berris is 34. Actor Rupert Grint ("Harry Potter" films) is 30.

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