Day in History: Kereakos named Community College Coach of the Year
1990 – 25 years ago
• Rochester Community College football coach Steve Kereakos has been named coach of the year for the South and Central divisions of Minnesota Community Colleges.
• IBM announced today it has awarded $300,000 to a local agency for the construction of an infant and toddler child care center near the plant.
1965 – 50 years ago
• The first debate team in the history of Rochester Junior College participated in its first competition. Members included Gertrude Soam, Linda Newhouse, Mike Pehler and David Oliver. Their coach was history teacher E.W. Kautkremer.
• Dover-Eyota's wrestling team romped to its third victory without a defeat this season by downing Goodhue 38-10 in a non-conference meet.
1940 – 75 years ago
• Foreshadowing the largest exodus of soldiery from Rochester since World War I days, a military ball for the benefit of the Rochester unit of the Minnesota National Guard will be held in the arena of the Mayo Civic Auditorium.
• A warning has been issued by the state selective service headquarters that stated "Do not try to avoid service by false or misleading information. Claims will be investigated and penalties will be swift and severe for incorrect information.
1915 – 100 years ago
• Out of the total of 221 state high school in Minnesota, Rochester High School ranks sixteenth in enrollment. The high school enrollment is 337.
• The Rochester High School normal department will be serving noon-day lunches to students who wish to stay. The menu today is baked beans, rye and white bread, milk and cocoa for 10 cents.
From news services
Ten years ago: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to block the imminent execution of Stanley Tookie Williams, rejecting the notion that the founder of the murderous Crips gang had atoned for his crimes and found redemption on death row. (Williams was put to death early the next day.) During an impromptu question-and-answer session before the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, President George W. Bush estimated 30,000 Iraqis had died in the war.
Five years ago: An explosives-packed minibus blew up at the entrance of a joint NATO-Afghan base in southern Afghanistan, killing six American troops and two Afghan soldiers as they prepared to head out on patrol. The inflatable roof of the Minneapolis Metrodome collapsed following a snowstorm that had dumped 17 inches on the city. (The NFL was forced to shift an already rescheduled game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants to Detroit's Ford Field.)
One year ago: President Barack Obama urged the Senate to ratify a $1.1 trillion spending bill opposed by some Democrats, judging it an imperfect measure that stemmed from "the divided government that the American people voted for." (The Senate passed the measure the next day.) Illustrator Norman Bridwell, 86, creator of Clifford the Red Dog, died in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
Today's birthdays: Former TV host Bob Barker is 92. Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Pettit is 83. Singer Connie Francis is 78. Singer Dionne Warwick is 75. Rock singer-musician Dickey Betts is 72. Former race car driver Emerson Fittipaldi is 69. Actor Wings Hauser is 68. Actor Bill Nighy is 66. Actor Duane Chase (Film: "The Sound of Music") is 65. Country singer LaCosta is 65. Gymnast-turned-actress Cathy Rigby is 63. Author Lorna Landvik is 61. Singer-musician Sheila E. is 58. Actress Sheree J. Wilson is 57. Pop singer Daniel O'Donnell is 54. International Tennis Hall of Famer Tracy Austin is 53. Rock musician Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) is 52. Rock musician Nicholas Dimichino (Nine Days) is 48. Author Sophie Kinsella is 46. News anchor Maggie Rodriguez is 46. Actress Jennifer Connelly is 45. Actress Madchen Amick is 45. Actress Regina Hall is 45. Country singer Hank Williams III is 43. Actress Mayim Bialik is 40. Model Bridget Hall is 38.