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Day in History: 100% of RHS class of 1939 graduates

1989 – 25 years ago

• Susan Henderson, a graduate of Houston High School, was chosen Winona County Dairy Princess at the county's dairy banquet in Winona. Susan plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Stout in the fall.

• The annual Pine Island Cheese Festival will get underway with events at the Senior Center, including an organ recital, a puppet show and musical entertainment by area bands.

• Domino's Pizza in Rochester is looking for delivery drivers. Pay averages out to $6 to $8 an hour. Applicants must be 18, have a car and insurance.

1964 – 50 years ago


• The president of one Rochester bank had to drive to Minneapolis to meet his demand for $1,000 worth of 50-cent pieces. The trip pointed up what has become for nearly all banks a worsening of the coin shortage given nationwide attention last year. For the most part, the shortage is confined to half dollars. Part of the problem is due to "hoarding" of the new JFK half-dollars.

• The seventh annual summer program of the Rochester Youth Baseball Association gets underway. In all about 240 boys will compete with 28 fully uniformed teams.

• Anita Berg, of Welch, was crowned 1964 Goodhue County Dairy Princess. The coronation was held in the Red Wing High School gymnasium.

1939 – 75 years ago

• One hundred years of baseball will pass in review before members of the Rochester Rotary club when a movie commemorating the game's centennial is presented at the regular weekly luncheon. Club members are urged to invite an ardent baseball fan to see the movie with them.

• More than 4,000 people packed the Mayo Civic auditorium to see the largest graduating class in the history of the Rochester High School. Dr. Morris Fishbein, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, addressed the class of 283. Of the original enrollment when the class began its high school career, 100% of the class graduated.

From news services

Ten years ago:The body of Ronald Reagan arrived in Washington to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda before the 40th president's funeral. The FCC agreed to a record $1.75 million settlement with Clear Channel to resolve indecency complaints against Howard Stern and other radio personalities. Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. A new scoring system for figure skating was approved after the 2002 Olympic pairs scandal forced the sport's governing body to make radical changes.


Five years ago:Under heavy guard, a Guantanamo Bay detainee walked into a civilian U.S. courtroom for the first time; Ahmed Ghailani, a Tanzanian accused in two American Embassy bombings in 1998, pleaded not guilty before the judge in New York. (Ghailani was convicted in 2010 of a single count of conspiring to destroy government buildings and acquitted of 280 charges that he'd taken part in the bombings; he is serving life at the United States Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado.) A bankruptcy judge approved Chrysler's plan to terminate 789 of its dealer franchises, the same day the Supreme Court cleared the way for Chrysler LLC's sale to Fiat.

One year ago:Risking prosecution by the U.S. government, 29-year-old intelligence analyst Edward Snowden was revealed as the source of The Guardian and The Washington Post disclosures about secret American surveillance programs. Rafael Nadal became the first man to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam tournament after beating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the French Open final, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Inbee Park birdied the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Catriona Matthew to win the rain-delayed LPGA Championship. "Kinky Boots" was named best musical at the Tony Awards; "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" won best play.

Today's birthdays: Actress Mona Freeman is 88. Comedian Jackie Mason is 86. Media analyst Marvin Kalb is 84. Actor Joe Santos is 83. Former baseball manager and player Bill Virdon is 83. Sports commentator Dick Vitale is 75. Author Letty Cottin Pogrebin is 75. Retired MLB All-Star Dave Parker is 63. Mystery author Patricia Cornwell is 58. Actor Michael J. Fox is 53. Writer-producer Aaron Sorkin is 53. Actor Johnny Depp is 51. Actress Gloria Reuben is 50. Gospel singer-actress Tamela Mann is 48. Rock musician Dean Felber (Hootie & the Blowfish) is 47. Rock musician Dean Dinning is 47. Musician Ed Simons is 44. Country musician Shade Deggs (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 40. Bluegrass singer-musician Jamie Dailey (Dailey & Vincent) is 39. Actress Michaela Conlin is 36. Actress Natalie Portman is 33. Actress Mae Whitman is 26.

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