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Day in History: Brooklyn Dodger Manager Leo Durocher in town

1988 – 25 years ago

About 100 licensed practical nurses are forming a local chapter of the Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association. The association has 6,000 LPN's statewide.

Top musicians from six area high schools got together for an honors band and choral concert at Lourdes High School under the direction of University of Minnesota Band Director Barry Kopetz.

1963 – 50 years ago

Rochester Police Sgt. Raymond Wagoner received the Exchange Club's ninth annual Book of Golden Deeds Award for service to others. About 300 persons at Heritage Hall gave Wagoner a standing ovation as his name was called by Exchange Club president Gene Harnack.


The junior class of Grand Meadow High School will present its annual class play at the high school auditorium. The play is a three-act hillbilly comedy, "Headin for a Weddin."

The Olmsted County Board of Commissioners agreed to continue to give financial assistance to the Rochester-Olmsted County Police Reserve Unit. The organization currently has 240 trained volunteers.

1938 – 75 years ago

Rochester will be among the six Minnesota cities described in detail in Part Two of the federal writers' guide book, "Minnesota: A State Guide." It was compiled and written by the Minnesota Federal Writers' project of the works progress administration.

Bruno Backman, Rochester High School German instructor, will speak on conditions in Germany in Springfield, Minnesota at a public meeting arranged by the Springfield High School German Club. The instructor recently visited Germany and will discuss conditions before the rise of Hitler with the present conditions.

Leo Durocher, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, was in Rochester for a checkup at Mayo Clinic. In an interview Durocher said the Dodgers make up the best enfranchised club in the National League.

From wire services

Ten years ago:John Kerry became the second Democratic hopeful to opt out of public financing for his presidential run, following the example of rival Howard Dean. A third person died following an outbreak of hepatitis A at a Chi-Chi's Mexican restaurant at the Beaver Valley Mall outside Pittsubrgh.


Five years ago:A lunar probe from India made a planned crash-landing onto the surface of the moon. Space shuttle Endeavour and a crew of seven blasted into the night sky, bound for the international space station. Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz, the cardiac surgeon who performed the first U.S. heart transplant in 1967, died in Ann Arbor, Mich. at age 90.

One year ago:President Barack Obama held his first news conference since winning a second term. He challenged congressional Republicans to let taxes rise on the wealthiest Americans, saying that would ease the threat of another recession as the nation faced the "fiscal cliff" of expiring tax breaks and across-the-board spending cuts scheduled to take effect at the start of 2013. Marine Gen. John Allen said he would "fully cooperate" with an investigation into communications he had with Florida socialite Jill Kelley. (The inquiry came after Kelley complained about emails sent to her by Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with retired Army Gen. David Petraeus led to his resignation as CIA director.) Israel said it had killed the leader of Hamas' military wing in a wave of airstrikes it launched in response to days of rocket fire out of Hamas-ruled Gaza. Baseball's Cy Young Awards went to Tampa Bay's David Price in the American League and R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets in the National League.

Today's Birthdays:Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali is 91. Actress Kathleen Hughes is 85. Former MLB All-Star Jimmy Piersall is 84. Former NASA astronaut Fred Haise is 80. Jazz musician Ellis Marsalis is 79. Composer Wendy Carlos is 74. Writer P.J. O'Rourke is 66. Zydeco singer-musician Buckwheat Zydeco is 66. Britain's Prince Charles is 65. Rock singer-musician James Young (Styx) is 64. Singer Stephen Bishop is 62. Blues musician Anson Funderburgh is 59. Pianist Yanni is 59. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is 59. Presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett is 57. Actress Laura San Giacomo is 52. Actor D.B. Sweeney is 52. Rapper Reverend Run (Run-DMC) is 49. Actor Patrick Warburton is 49. Rock musician Nic Dalton is 49. Country singer Rockie Lynne is 49. Pop singer Jeanette Jurado (Expose) is 48. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling is 47. Rock musician Brian Yale is 45. Rock singer Butch Walker is 44. Actor Josh Duhamel (du-MEHL') is 41. Rock musician Travis Barker is 38. Contemporary Christian musician Robby Shaffer is 38. Actor Brian Dietzen is 36. Rapper Shyheim is 36. Rock musician Tobin Esperance (Papa Roach) is 34. Actress Olga Kurylenko is 34. Actor Graham Patrick Martin is 22.

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