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Day in History: First baby born at Saint Marys Hospital dies

1990 – 25 years ago

• A study conducted by Mayo Clinic researchers for the U.S. Figure Skating Association could give American figure skaters a sharper edge in international competition. A recent study looked at 18 figure skaters to determine how they could learn jumps better, faster and with fewer injuries. The study determined that knee muscles, followed by shoulder muscles, are of prime importance in determining how high a skater can jump.'

• Former state Energy and Economic Development Commissioner Mark Dayton announced his DFL candidacy for state auditor. Republican State Auditor Arne Carlson is running for governor this year.

1965 – 50 years ago

• A raise of $150 a year in teachers' starting salary was informally approved by the Rochester Board of Education. Beginning teachers with bachelor's degrees and no experience will now be paid $5,150 annually. Talks with teacher groups on salaries for current employees has not yet begun.


• Orville Mertz, a 40-year-old assist chief, has been named to succeed retiring Rochester Fire Chief Frank Everett. Everett, a Nebraska native, joined the Fire Department in May,1934 and has served as chief since 1952.

1940 – 75 years ago

• The Rochester High School basketball team outshone Austin High School before a crowd of 1,500, winning 37-35 in overtime. Big Ralph Graen of Rochester made 6 baskets and 6 free throws to lead all scorers with 18 points.

• John Deere Day will be held in Rochester by the Olmsted Implement Co. Motion pictures will be shown in the armory with a free lunch at the John Deere store for customers.

• The first child born at Saint Marys Hospital has died. Dr. Frank Murphy, a St. Paul dentist, was born in Rochester on Sept. 14, 1893. He was a patient at Saint Marys recently and his nurse, Sister Fabian, was his nurse when he was born. Dr. Murphy was 46 years old.

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Ten years ago: Gunmen kidnapped Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena in Baghdad. (Sgrena was freed a month later; however, an Italian agent who'd secured her release was killed by U.S. gunfire at a checkpoint.) Actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis died in Miami Beach, Florida, at age 87.

Five years ago: Republican Scott Brown took over the seat of the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy as he was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden at a Capitol Hill ceremony. The first National Tea Party Convention opened in Nashville.


One year ago: The Congressional Budget Office said several million American workers would reduce their hours on the job or leave the workforce entirely because of incentives built into President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Today's birthdays:Actor William Phipps is 93. Former Argentinian President Isabel Peron is 84. Actor Gary Conway is 79. Movie director George A. Romero is 75. Actor John Schuck is 75. Rock musician John Steel (The Animals) is 74. Singer Florence LaRue (The Fifth Dimension) is 73. Former Vice President Dan Quayle is 68. Rock singer Alice Cooper is 67. Actor Michael Beck is 66. Actress Lisa Eichhorn is 63. Football Hall-of-Famer Lawrence Taylor is 56. Actress Pamelyn Ferdin is 56. Rock singer Tim Booth is 55. Rock musician Henry Bogdan is 54. Country singer Clint Black is 53. Rock musician Noodles (The Offspring) is 52. Country musician Dave Buchanan (Yankee Grey) is 49. Actress Gabrielle Anwar is 45. Actor Rob Corddry is 44. Singer David Garza is 44. Actor Michael Goorjian is 44. TV personality Nicolle Wallace (TV: "The View") is 43. Olympic gold medal boxer Oscar De La Hoya is 42. Rock musician Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World) is 40. Singer Natalie Imbruglia is 40. Rapper Cam'ron is 39. Rock singer Gavin DeGraw is 38. Olympic gold medal gymnast-turned-singer Carly Patterson is 27.

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