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Day in History: 1940: Largest vote in history seen in city

1990 – 25 years ago

• The Kenyon-Wanamingo high school girls volleyball team downed Kasson-Mantorville in four games to claim a 12th District Four title. The team is coached by Diane Nikunen.

• The Progressive Tool and Manufacturing Company will open a second plant north of Rochester. A 25,000-square-foot building will be on 9.4 acres of land along U.S. 63 about four miles north of Rochester's city limits.

1965 – 50 years ago

• An FBI law enforcement conference will be held in Rochester for all Southeastern Minnesota law enforcement officers. Topics to be covered include improving the image of law enforcement, scientific aids used in law enforcement and interagency cooperation.


• By clipping and redeeming a coupon at Westside Texaco you can earn 650 free Gold Bond stamps. The Texaco station located at Highway 52 and Second Street is under new management.

1940 – 75 years ago

• Rochester is headed for the largest vote in its history today when a huge morning vote marked the city's part in the presidential election of 1940. By noon over 3,000 votes had been cast. President Roosevelt voted in the town hall of Hyde Park village today while his opponent Wendell Willkie cast his vote at a public school building in New York City.

• There is much interest in the city for the upcoming Passion Play to be presented with active support of many religious civic and educational groups. Rochester school authorities have granted permission for students to be dismissed from classes to attend the matinee performances.

1915 – 100 years ago

• The revival meetings held in Salem Evangelical church, Sixth and Prospect streets, conducted by Rev. J. M. Baitinger, will come to a close. He has been preaching to a full house from evening to evening, many coming from a distance of ten to fifteen miles.

From news services

Ten years ago: Leaders from across the Americas ended their two-day summit in Argentina without agreeing on whether to restart talks on a free trade zone stretching from Alaska to Chile. Pirates attacked a cruise ship off the coast of Somalia, but the ship changed course and sped away to escape. British author John Fowles died in Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, at age 79. Guitar master Link Wray died in Copenhagen at age 76.


Five years ago: President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, boarded Air Force One to fly to Mumbai, India, the first stop of a 10-day tour through India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan. A judge in Los Angeles sentenced Johannes Mehserle (yoh-HAH'-nes MEZ'-ur-lee), a white former transit officer, to two years in prison in the shooting death of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man, on an Oakland train platform; the minimal sentence provoked angry protests. (Mehserle ended up serving 11 months.) Cable channel MSNBC suspended host Keith Olbermann for two shows for making unapproved political donations. Actress Jill Clayburgh died in Lakeville, Connecticut, at age 66. Opera singer Shirley Verrett, 79, died in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

One year ago: A day after sweeping Republican election gains, President Barack Obama and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to try to turn divided government into a force for good rather than gridlock, yet warned of veto showdowns as well.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Chris Robinson is 77. Actress Elke Sommer is 75. Singer Art Garfunkel is 74. Actor-playwright Sam Shepard is 72. Singer Peter Noone is 68. TV personality Kris Jenner is 60. Actor Nestor Serrano is 60. Actress-comedian Mo Gaffney is 57. Actor Robert Patrick is 57. Singer Bryan Adams is 56. Actress Tilda Swinton is 55. Actor Michael Gaston is 53. Actress Tatum O'Neal is 52. Actress Andrea McArdle is 52. Rock singer Angelo Moore (Fishbone) is 50. Actress Judy Reyes is 48. Actor Seth Gilliam is 47. Rock musician Mark Hunter (James) is 47. Actor Sam Rockwell is 47. Country singers Heather and Jennifer Kinley (The Kinleys) are 45. Actor Corin Nemec is 44. Rock musician Jonny (cq) Greenwood (Radiohead) is 44. Country singer-musician Ryan Adams is 41. Actor Sam Page is 39. Actor Jeremy Lelliott is 33. Actress Annet Mahendru (MAH'-hehn-droo) is 30. Rock musician Kevin Jonas (The Jonas Brothers) is 28. Actor Landon Gimenez is 12.

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