Day in History: Five Rochester baton twirlers win honors
1988 – 25 years ago
Metropolitan Cab of Rochester, driving red and white vehicles into the city streets for the first time, began operations today. The company is starting the business with 15 cabs.
About 13 nurses, all who ate box lunches catered for a meeting at Rochester Community College, reported suffering from flu-like illnesses. An investigation has begun regarding the food-borne illnesses.
1963 – 50 years ago
Saint Marys Hospital working with the Mayo Clinic plans to build an eight-story addition – about 130,000 square feet – to its present surgical unit. Sister Mary Brigh, St. Marys administrator, says plans for the addition will be completed during the coming year and it is hoped construction will begin late in 1964. The addition will house primarily clinical research units and will expand other special services at the hospital.
Five young Rochester baton twirlers won honors at the baton competition in Jessup, Iowa. The girls were Nylene Chase, Nancy Meyers, Kathy Talmo, Linda Huske and Jill Alker.
A St. Paul man who walked off with a cash register from Dornack's Pure Oil gas station in Rochester was sentenced to up to five years in the Stillwater State Penitentiary.
1938 – 75 years ago
A series of health meetings in Olmsted County will get underway this week. The topics for some of the meetings will include first aid in the home, community health and sanitation, prevention and care of communicable diseases and infant and pre-school health.
Four hundred farmers and business men are expected to attend the annual Fillmore County farm bureau dinner in the Chatfield City Hall.
Montgomery Ward's has children's snow suits for $3.49, warm mittens for 35 cents a pair and gay scarf sets that fit any size head for $1.00.
From wire services
Ten years ago:Firefighters in San Diego County contained the biggest and deadliest of Southern California's wildfires. Following a conservative outcry over a made-for-TV movie about former President Ronald Reagan, CBS scrapped plans to televise "The Reagans," sending it off to the Showtime cable network instead.
Five years ago:Democrat Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the United States, defeating Republican John McCain. California voters approved Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, overturning a state Supreme Court decision that gave gay couples the right to wed just months earlier. Author Michael Crichton (KRY'-tuhn) died in Los Angeles at age 66.
One year ago:New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said cold temperatures would leave "tens of thousands" of people whose homes were damaged by Superstorm Sandy in need of alternate housing. Two-year-old Maddox Derkosh was mauled to death by a pack of African wild dogs when he fell into their pen from a viewing area at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Zac Vawter, a 31-year-old amputee from Yelm, Wash., climbed the 103 floors of Chicago's Willis Tower, becoming the first person ever to complete the task wearing a mind-controlled prosthetic limb.
Today's Birthdays:Actress Doris Roberts is 83. Actress Loretta Swit is 76. Rhythm-and-blues singer Harry Elston (Friends of Distinction) is 75. Blues singer Delbert McClinton is 73. Former first lady Laura Bush is 67. Actress Markie Post is 63. Rock singer-musician Chris Difford (Squeeze) is 59. Country singer Kim Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 53. Actress-comedian Kathy Griffin is 53. Actor Ralph Macchio is 52. "Survivor" host Jeff Probst is 52. Rock singer-musician Wayne Static (Static-X) is 48. Actor Matthew McConaughey is 44. Rapper-producer Sean "Puffy" Combs is 44. Talk show host Bethenny Frankel is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Shawn Rivera (Az Yet) is 42. Actress Heather Tom is 38. Rhythm-and-blues/gospel singer George Huff is 33. Actress Gillian Zinser (TV: "90210") is 28.