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Day in History: Couple, married before Civil War, observe anniversary

1991 – 25 years ago

• The School Needs Task Force has recommended that Rochester build a new high school by the 1994-95 school year.

• Three Rochester homes earmarked for sale to low-income families attracted more than 80 hopeful buyers to a lottery by the Rochester-Olmsted Community Housing Partnership.

1966 – 50 years ago


• A new Rochester State Hospital Utilization Committee has been formed to study and make recommendations to the commissioner of public welfare in St. Paul for a plan to make the best use of the resources and facilities of the Rochester State Hospital — in the near and distant future.

• The winter sports award program will be held in the John Marshall Student Center with letter-winners in all four winter sports to be named. Coaches Kerwin Engelhart (basketball), Ron White (wrestling), Gene Sack (hockey) and Dick Thatcher (swimming) will make the presentations.

1941 – 75 years ago

• Nearly 5,000 Rochester voters went to the polls in a charter election that brought re-election of Mayor Paul A. Grassle to a second term by a smashing majority.

• It was graduation day for 37 area law enforcement officers who have been attending a specialized police school in Rochester for the past 10 weeks. Mayor Paul Grassle attended the certificate presentations.

1916 – 100 years ago


• This week, Mr. and Mrs. William Brooks of Chatfield celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. On a bright March morning in the year 1860, they were united in marriage in Racine Township. Mr. Brooks left in 1862 to join the North when the Civil War broke out. He joined Co. H, Sixth Minnesota, and saw much active service in the south and west.

• A declamatory contest will be held between Red Wing, Rochester and Faribault. Rochester will be represented by Ellamae Dickman, humorous; Robert Stevenson, dramatic; and Leo Mattson, oratorical.

From news services

Ten years ago: Former Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic was found dead of a heart attack in his prison cell in the Netherlands, abruptly ending his four-year U.N. war crimes trial for orchestrating a decade of conflict that had killed a quarter of a million people; he was 64. Michelle Bachelet was sworn in as Chile's first female president.

Five years ago:A magnitude-9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami struck Japan's northeastern coast, killing nearly 20,000 people and severely damaging the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a measure to eliminate most union rights for public employees, a proposal which had provoked three weeks of loud, relentless protests. NFL owners and players broke off labor negotiations hours before their contract expired; the union decertified and the league imposed a lockout that lasted 4½ months. Songwriter Hugh Martin, whose works included "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "The Trolley Song," died in Encinitas, California, at age 96.

One year ago:The police chief of the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson resigned in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report prompted by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer. Jimmy Greenspoon, 67, the keyboardist for rock band Three Dog Night, died in North Potomac, Maryland.

Today's birthdays:Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is 85. ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson is 82. Musician Flaco Jimenez is 77. Actress Tricia O'Neil is 71. Actor Mark Metcalf is 70. Rock singer-musician Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge) is 69. Singer Bobby McFerrin is 66. Movie director Jerry Zucker is 66. Actress Susan Richardson is 64. Recording executive Jimmy Iovine is 63. Singer Nina Hagen is 61. Country singer Jimmy Fortune (The Statler Brothers) is 61. Singer Cheryl Lynn is 59. Actor Elias Koteas is 55. Actor-director Peter Berg is 54. Actor Jeffrey Nordling is 54. Actress Alex Kingston is 53. Country musician David Talbot is 53. Actor Wallace Langham is 51. Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., is 51. Actor John Barrowman is 49. Singer Lisa Loeb is 48. Neo-soul musician Al Gamble (St. Paul & the Broken Bones) is 47. Singer Pete Droge is 47. Actor Terrence Howard is 47. Rock musician Rami Jaffee is 47. Actor Johnny Knoxville is 45. Rock singer-musicians Joel and Benji Madden (Good Charlotte; The Madden Brothers) are 37. Actor David Anders is 35. Singer LeToya is 35. Actress Thora Birch is 34. TV personality Melissa Rycroft is 33. Actor Rob Brown is 32. Actor Anton Yelchin is 27.

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