Day in HIstory: Fillmore County farm brothers enlist
1990 – 25 years ago
• Purple dye put on coins in a pop machine led to the arrest of two men accused of breaking into machines at businesses in the Chester area.
• Strain's Bus Co. has a "Gambling Weekend" coming up for travel to Deadwood, S.D. Three days and 2 nights and transportation is $109 per person.
1965 – 50 years ago
• Miss Cheryl Boyum of Peterson has been presented the Gilberta Durland Award as the freshman student at Methodist-Kahler School of Nursing who has achieved and maintained the highest scholastic average during the first year of enrollment. The award was established in 1957 at the retirement of Miss Durland who was the sixth director of the school.
• Miss Susan Ties, "Miss Rochester" will be present at each session of the Electric Cooking and Appliance Show at the Mayo Civic Auditorium.
1940 – 75 years ago
• Three brothers from near Mabel in Fillmore County joined the U.S. Army. The trio enlisted in the artillery branch of the service. The brothers are Olaf, Melvin and Ernest Mathison, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Mathison, who operate a farm two miles west of Mabel.
• New sound equipment in the Rochester Junior High School auditorium was demonstrated at an assembly for students. The equipment includes a Hammond electric organ, recording devices and a motion picture sound system.
1915 – 100 years ago
• Dr. Charles Mayo and C. Johnson, traffic manager of the Northwestern railway are at Deadwood, S.D., for a few days outing on Sand Creek. They were tendered a banquet and reception by Black Hills physicians and businessmen.
• At a meeting of the Rochester City Council, Mayor W.B. Richardson, stated he has been asked to consider the appointment of a special police officer, preferable a woman, in order to investigate moral conditions in the city. The subject was discussed but no action was taken.
From news services
Ten years ago: Tropical Storm Rita formed southeast of the Florida Keys. Millions of Afghans defied a Taliban boycott call and militant attacks to vote for a new parliament. German conservative challenger Angela Merkel's bloc won the most votes in elections, but fell short of a clear mandate to govern. "Everybody Loves Raymond" won the Emmy for best comedy in its final season; first-year hit "Lost" was named best drama.
Five years ago: Despite Taliban rocket strikes and bombings, Afghans voted for a new parliament in the first election since a fraud-marred ballot cast doubt on the legitimacy of the embattled government. During his visit to Britain, Pope Benedict XVI apologized to five people who'd been molested by priests as children in his latest effort to defuse the sex abuse crisis shaking the Roman Catholic Church.
One year ago: In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Barack Obama welcomed the new president of the embattled former Soviet republic, Petro Poroshenko, to the White House. Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic Group militants. Home Depot said a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada had affected 56 million debit and credit cards. Don Spirit, a convicted felon living in Bell, Fla., fatally shot his six grandchildren and his daughter before killing himself. Voters in Scotland rejected independence, opting to remain part of the United Kingdom in a historic referendum. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews, Scotland, ended years of male-only exclusivity as its members voted overwhelmingly in favor of inviting women to join. Will Radcliff, 74, who'd built a multi-billion-dollar global business from flavored, icy Slush Puppie drinks, died in Cincinnati.
Today's birthdays: Voice actress June Foray is 98. Singer Jimmie Rodgers is 82. Actor Robert Blake is 82. Former Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, is 82. Actor Fred Willard is 82. Actor Eddie Jones is 81. Gospel singer Bobby Jones is 77. Singer Frankie Avalon is 75. Actress Beth Grant is 66. Rock musician Kerry Livgren is 66. Actress Anna Deavere Smith is 65. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino is 63. College Football Hall of Famer and retired NFL player Billy Sims is 60. Movie director Mark Romanek is 56. Baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is 56. Alt-country-rock musician Mark Olson is 54. Singer Joanne Catherall (Human League) is 53. Actress Holly Robinson Peete is 51. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ricky Bell (Bell Biv Devoe and New Edition) is 48. Actress Aisha Tyler is 45. Former racing cyclist Lance Armstrong is 44. Opera singer Anna Netrebko is 44. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 44. Actor James Marsden is 42. Actress Emily Rutherfurd is 41. Actor Travis Schuldt is 41. Rapper Xzibit is 41. Comedian-actor Jason Sudeikis is 40. Actress Sophina Brown is 39. Actor Barrett Foa is 38. TV correspondent Sara Haines is 38. Actress Alison Lohman is 36. Actors Taylor and Brandon Porter are 22. Actor C.J. Sanders is 19.