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Day in History: Local men are participants in Kennedy’s funeral

1988 – 25 years ago

Rochester's Ed Graddy and Sharon Kostohryz won the men's and women's title in a racquetball competition tournament at the Northgate Racquet Club.

Rochester John Marshall graduate Jon Vik is one of 32 players named to the All-North Central Conference football team.

In Rochester, rocker Pat Benatar performed a 90-minute show at the Mayo Civic Center Arena in front of 2,000 people.

1963 – 50 years ago


Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and National Guard Co. of Zumbrota made up the firing squad at memorial services for the late President John F. Kennedy on Zumbrota's Main Street.

Yeoman George A. Barnum, formerly of Lake City and a career member of the U.S. Coast Guard spent four days as a pall bearer for the late President John F. Kennedy. The 24-year-old graduated from Lincoln High School in 1957.

F. Todd Gibbons, of Rochester and a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD., was one of the singers in the Academy Chorus that sang in Arlington Cemetery during funeral services for the late president.

1938 – 75 years ago

Indicating probable sale of the old post office property in Rochester, about 85 workers on federal and county projects were ordered to vacate the building with 24 hours. The Olmsted County Board said the county must provide some type of working quarters for the occupants of the old post office as soon as possible.

The Stewartville's Home Economics club will sponsor a benefit card party at the new community building. Proceeds will be used to buy books for the library which has just opened.

The Rochester Art Group, which held its first meeting of the year at the Cook Hotel, has 15 members.

From wire services


Ten years ago:Human rights activist Gao Zhan, who was freed from a Chinese prison after the U.S. government interceded on her behalf, pleaded guilty in Alexandria, Va., to illegally selling American high-tech items with potential military uses to China. (Gao later received a reduced sentence of seven months in prison for her cooperation with authorities.) Hard-liners defeated moderates in Northern Ireland's legislative elections.

Five years ago:Teams of heavily armed gunmen, allegedly from Pakistan, stormed luxury hotels, a popular tourist attraction and a crowded train station in Mumbai, India, leaving at least 166 people dead in a rampage lasting some 60 hours. A Missouri mother on trial in a landmark cyberbullying case was convicted by a federal jury in Los Angeles of three minor offenses for her role in a mean-spirited Internet hoax that apparently drove a 13-year-old girl, Megan Meier, to suicide. (However, Lori Drew's convictions were later thrown out.)

One year ago:Minnesota homeowner Byron Smith was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two unarmed teenagers during an apparent Thanksgiving Day break-in; investigators said he acknowledged firing "more shots than I needed to." Online shopping on Cyber Monday was up at least 28 percent from the previous year according to IBM Benchmark, which tracks online sales. New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie announced that he would be seeking re-election, so he could continue to guide the state through a recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Ellen Albertini Dow is 100. Impressionist Rich Little is 75. Singer Tina Turner is 74. Singer Jean Terrell is 69. Pop musician John McVie is 68. Actress Marianne Muellerleile is 65. Actor Scott Jacoby is 57. Actress Jamie Rose is 54. Country singer Linda Davis is 51. Blues singer-musician Bernard Allison is 48. Country singer-musician Steve Grisaffe is 48. Actress Kristin Bauer is 40. Actor Peter Facinelli is 40. Actress Tammy Lynn Michaels Etheridge is 39. Actress Maia (MY'-ah) Campbell is 37. Country singer Joe Nichols is 37. Contemporary Christian musicians Randy and Anthony Armstrong (Red) are 35. Actress Jessica Bowman is 33. Pop singer Natasha Bedingfield is 32. Country singer-musician Mike Gossin (Gloriana Rock) is 29. Ben Wysocki (The Fray) is 29. Singer Lil Fizz is 28. Singer Aubrey Collins is 26.

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