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Day in History: Anxious Rochester waits for news of 'Dr. Charlie'

1989 – 25 years ago

• Mary E. Rieder has been named director of Winona State University's Rochester Center. Rieder has been the center's interim director since November 1988 and a WSU economics professor since 1971.

• Northwest Airlines unveiled a new look at the Rochester Airport when a 747 featured a maroon-rose top and a gray stripe and white bottom, with the letter "N" in a circle with an arrow pointing to the northwest. The new look will be used on everything from business cards to the airplanes.

1964 – 50 years ago

• The Saturday morning television lineup includes "Captain Kangaroo," "Mr. Wizard," "Rin Tin Tin," "Roy Rogers," "Sky King" and "Bullwinkle and Rocky."


• Eighteen Rochester Junior College students received scholarships during the school's first annual honors convocation held in the Central Auditorium.

• Elschoff's Drive-In Bakery on Second Street Southwest has 8-inch lemon pies for 49 cents, apple sauce donuts at 49 cents and a dozen ginger cookies for 39 cents.

1939 – 75 years ago

• An anxious Rochester continues to hope and pray for favorable news regarding its "Dr. Charlie." Dr. Mayo was stricken with pneumonia in his hotel suite while on a visit to Chicago.

• The formal opening of the Olmsted County Historical Museum will be a featured event of the 17th annual summer convention tour for the Minnesota Historical Society members who will come to Rochester June 15. The museum will be opened in the basement of the new Rochester public library.

• Rochester Mayor Paul A. Grasse has declared that tomorrow is Official Straw Hat Day. Twenty women were queried today and said a hat lends dignity to a man and completes his attire.

From news services

Ten years ago: A large section of the roof of a new passenger terminal at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport collapsed, killing four people. A river ferry capsized in eastern Bangladesh during a storm, leaving as many as 200 dead.


Five years ago:Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, 62, leapt to his death amid a widening corruption scandal. Charles Donald Albury, co-pilot of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, died in Orlando, Fla. at age 88.

One year ago: President Barack Obama, in a speech to the National Defense University, defended America's controversial drone attacks as legal, effective and a necessary linchpin in an evolving U.S. counter-terrorism policy, but acknowledged the targeted strikes were no "cure-all" and said he was haunted by the civilians who were unintentionally killed. The Boy Scouts of America threw open its ranks to gay scouts but not to gay scout leaders. LeBron James was a unanimous pick for the All-NBA team and Kobe Bryant earned his record-tying 11th first-team selection.

Today's birthdays: Bluegrass singer Mac Wiseman is 89. Actress Barbara Barrie is 83. Actress Joan Collins is 81. Actor Charles Kimbrough is 78. International Tennis Hall-of-Famer John Newcombe is 70. Actress Lauren Chapin is 69. Country singer Misty Morgan is 69. Country singer Judy Rodman is 63. Chess grandmaster Anatoly Karpov is 63. Boxing Hall-of-Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler is 60. Singer Luka Bloom is 59. Actor-comedian-game-show host Drew Carey is 56. Actress Lea DeLaria (of TV's "Orange is the New Black") is 56. Country singer Shelly West is 56. Actor Linden Ashby is 54. Actress-model Karen Duffy is 53. Actress Melissa McBride is 49. Rock musician Phil Selway (Radiohead) is 47. Actress Laurel Holloman is 46. Rock musician Matt Flynn (Maroon 5) is 44. Singer Lorenzo is 42. Country singer Brian McComas is 42. Actor John Pollono (of TV's "Mob City") is 42. Singer Maxwell is 41. Singer Jewel is 40. Game show contestant Ken Jennings is 40. Actor Lane Garrison is 34. Actor-comedian Tim Robinson is 33. Actor Adam Wylie is 30. Movie writer-director Ryan Coogler is 28.

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