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Day in History: Clinic succeeds in rare bone marrow transplant

1989 – 25 years ago

• Chris Nigbur birdied the last six holes to finish with a one-under-par 70 to win Adler's Soldiers Field Junior Open Golf Tournament. Nigbur competed in the boys 16-17 age division. Jolene Amundson won first in girls 15-17 division with a score of 93.

• It was announced that Ray Charles will perform in concert at the Mayo Civic Center Arena. Tickets are $17.50 and $15.50 and will go on sale at Dayton's, Face the Music and the box office.

• A St. Paul architectural firm will lead a team of designers in planning a $17.9 million science building at Rochester Community College.

1964 – 50 years ago


• A nine-year old twin girl suffering from severe anemia has been successfully treated by a Mayo Clinic medical team through a rare bone marrow transplant from her identical twin sister. The case marks only the third time in five known tries in recorded medical history that a successful bone marrow transplant has been performed and was the first such treatment attempted by Clinic specialists.

• The official cachet for the five-cent commemorative stamp honoring Drs. William J. and Charles H. Mayo has been designed by a Mayo Clinic medical illustrator. The design, an adaptation of the statue of the Mayo Brothers in Mayo Park, was created by John M. Hutcheson, who does medical illustrations for the Clinic.

1939 – 75 years ago

• William Reimer will retire today after 50 years of service as a railroad employee for the Chicago Great Western Railroad. The last 36 years he has been the station agent at Zumbrota. His son, Roy Reimer, of Rochester, is a Great Western conductor.

• Mrs. O.H. Romadka, of Rochester, advanced to the second round of play in the women's state golf tournament in St. Paul. Mrs. Hayes Dansingburg, formerly of Rochester, won the Class A division of a driving contest with three drives totaling 545 yards.

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Ten years ago: Mark Hacking of Salt Lake City shot and killed his 27-year-old wife, Lori, disposed of her remains, then reported her missing; he was later sentenced to six years to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder. A fuel tanker rigged as a massive bomb exploded near the Baghdad police station, killing nine people. A methane gas explosion in a Ukrainian mine killed at least 34 miners. Former Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki died at age 93.

Five years ago: A Russian-owned civilian helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff from southern Afghanistan's largest NATO base, killing 16 civilians. Israel rejected a U.S. demand to suspend a planned housing project in east Jerusalem. Stewart Cink won the British Open in a four-hole playoff with Tom Watson. Eighty-one-year-old Hershel McGriff became the oldest driver to take part in a national NASCAR series race, finishing 13th in a Camping World West Series event at Portland International Raceway. Author Frank McCourt, who'd won the Pulitzer Prize for his memoir "Angela's Ashes," died in New York at 78.


One year ago: In a rare and public reflection on race, President Barack Obama called on the nation to do some soul searching over the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his shooter, George Zimmerman, saying the slain black teenager "could have been me 35 years ago." A Dallas woman plunged 75 feet to her death from a Six Flags Over Texas roller coaster when her safety restraint apparently failed.

Today's birthdays: Actress Helen Gallagher is 88. Country singer Sue Thompson is 88. Country singer George Hamilton IV is 77. Singer Vikki Carr is 74. Country singer-musician Commander Cody is 70. Actor George Dzundza is 69. Rock singer-musician Alan Gorrie (Average White Band) is 68. Tennis player Ilie Nastase is 68. Rock musician Brian May is 67. Rock musician Bernie Leadon is 67. Actress Beverly Archer is 66. Movie director Abel Ferrara is 63. Actor Peter Barton is 58. Rock musician Kevin Haskins (Love and Rockets; Bauhaus) is 54. Movie director Atom Egoyan is 54. Actor Campbell Scott is 53. Actor Anthony Edwards is 52. Country singer Kelly Shiver is 51. Actress Clea Lewis is 49. Percusssionist Evelyn Glennie is 49. Country musician Jeremy Patterson is 44. Classical singer Urs Buhler (Il Divo) is 43. Actor Andrew Kavovit is 43. Rock musician Jason McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie) is 40. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is 38. Actor Jared Padalecki is 32. Actor Steven Anthony Lawrence is 24.

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