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Day in History: Ethel Barrymore to appear at Chateau Theater

1989 – 25 years ago

• Minnesota kindergarten teachers met in Rochester this weekend to address some of the issues facing education, including large class size, self-directed learning and building self-esteem in youngsters.

• Hunts Silver Lake Drug & Gift store is celebrating its 30th anniversary with specials all this week.

• Molly Rohe, volunteer coordinator for Bear Creek Services, will be the Rochester Jaycees' first female president.

1964 – 50 years ago


• Congress passed the all-channel television set requirements that mandate any television set manufactured must now be capable of receiving 82 — instead of 12 — television channels.

• Pete Fountain's jazz group played before an appreciative audience of 1,800 people at the Mayo Civic Auditorium.

• An addition to the Lincoln Elementary School in Rochester will cover 13,260 square feet and will include administrative offices, a kitchen, a library and a classroom.

1939 – 75 years ago

• Arrangements are being completed at the Chateau Theater for the presentation of the first lady of the American stage, Ethel Barrymore, for her performance here in the play "Whiteoaks."

• Previous high attendance figures at the Mayo Civic auditorium were shattered when 5,600 persons jammed the arena for the fourth annual Gypsy Frolic, which featured an ice show by members of the St. Paul Figure Skating club and the coronation of Miss Virginia Culver of Oronoco Optimists 4-H club as frolic queen.

• A rapid upswing in house construction in Rochester shows April permits issued for single family dwellings numbered 34.

From news services


Ten years ago:Attackers stormed the offices of Houston-based ABB Lummus Global Inc. in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, killing six Westerners and a Saudi; all four attackers were killed after an hour-long police chase in which they dragged the body of an American from the bumper of their car. The European Union swelled from 15 nations to 25 by taking in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, along with the Mediterranean nations of Cyprus and Malta. Smarty Jones won the Kentucky Derby.

Five years ago:Supreme Court Justice David Souter announced his retirement effective at the end of the court's term in late June. (President Barack Obama chose federal judge Sonia Sotomayor to succeed him.) Singer-actor-impressionist Danny Gans, one of Las Vegas' most popular entertainers, died at age 52.

One year ago:Workers around the world united in anger during May Day rallies — from fury in Europe over austerity measures that cut wages, reduced benefits and eliminated many jobs altogether, to rage in Asia over relentlessly low pay, the rising cost of living and hideous working conditions. Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was a unanimous choice as the NBA's Rookie of the Year. Chris Kelly, 34, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross, died in Atlanta.

Today's birthdays:Country singer Sonny James is 85. Singer Judy Collins is 75. Actor Stephen Macht is 72. Singer Rita Coolidge is 69. Pop singer Nick Fortuna (The Buckinghams) is 68. Actor-director Douglas Barr is 65. Actor Dann Florek is 63. Singer-songwriter Ray Parker Jr. is 60. Hall of Fame jockey Steve Cauthen is 54. Actress Maia Morgenstern is 52. Country singer Wayne Hancock is 49. Actor Charlie Schlatter is 48. Country singer Tim McGraw is 47. Rock musician Johnny Colt is 46. Rock musician D'Arcy is 46. Movie director Wes Anderson is 45. Actress Julie Benz is 42. Actor Bailey Chase is 42. Country singer Cory Morrow is 42. Gospel/rhythm-and-blues singer Tina Campbell (Mary Mary) is 40. Actor Darius McCrary is 38. Actor Jamie Dornan (Film: "Fifty Shades of Grey") is 32. Actress Kerry Bishe is 30.

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