Day in History: Mayo gets approval for medical waste incinerator
1989 – 25 years ago
• Mayo Clinic can build a medical-waste incinerator in High Forest Township, the Olmsted County Board decided. Township officials said they will appeal because they believe it could lead to health and environmental problems.
• The Star of the North games were officially approved for Rochester next year. Besides the traditional running, jumping and swimming sports, there will be ballroom dancing and tug-o-war competition. Most events will be held in Rochester with some yachting and sailing to be held on Lake Pepin.
• Members of the Eden Garden Club of Rochester celebrated the club's 25th anniversary.
1964 – 50 years ago
• Some 125 rare medical books will be presented to the Mayo Clinic library during the annual meeting of the Mayo Foundation Alumni Association here by the widow of the late Dr. John Fallon, of Shrewsbury, Mass., a former Foundation fellow. Dr. Fallon was a fellow in surgery in Mayo Foundation from 1927 to 1929.
• Many Rochester Evening College classes will start soon with courses available such as creative writing, English for foreign born, typing, shorthand and bookkeeping.
• The Dam-O-Rama, more formally known as Minnesota Field Days, will begin near Bellechester with several thousand persons expected to attend the three-day event.
1939 – 75 years ago
• Final plans are being made for the celebration of the Centennial of the Saxton Immigration at morning and afternoon services in the Mayo Civic Auditorium. Thirty congregations are expected to be represented in the gathering.
• Specials at the Home Bakery at 107 S. Broadway include potato donuts for 20 cents a dozen; fresh banana cake for 25 cents and date nut bread for 15 cents a loaf.
• A huge bull snake, 4 feet in length, was killed on the sidewalk at First Street and Second Avenue Southwest.
From news services
Ten years ago:Secretary of State Colin Powell told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that abuses by government-supported Arab militias in Sudan qualified as genocide against the black African population in the Darfur region. A powerful car bomb exploded outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, killing at least 9 people, including the bomber.
Five years ago:In a speech to a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama summoned lawmakers to enact sweeping health care legislation, declaring the "time for bickering is over." (In an extraordinary breach of congressional decorum, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouted "You lie!" when the president said illegal immigrants would not benefit from his proposals; Wilson ended up apologizing.) British commandos in Afghanistan freed New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell from Taliban captors, but one commando and a Times translator were killed. Fox announced that Ellen DeGeneres would be the fourth judge on "American Idol," replacing Paula Abdul. (DeGeneres was on "Idol" for one season; she was succeeded by Jennifer Lopez.)
One year ago:Four days of vehicular gridlock began near the George Washington Bridge when two of three approach lanes from Fort Lee, N.J., were blocked off; the traffic jam was later blamed on loyalists to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over the refusal of Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich to endorse Christie for re-election. (Christie has denied any prior knowledge of the lane closures.) Rafael Nadal won his 13th Grand Slam title and second at the U.S. Open by withstanding Novak Djokovic with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory.
Today's birthdays: Actress Sylvia Miles is 80. Actor Topol is 79. Rhythm-and-blues singer Luther Simmons is 72. Singer Inez Foxx is 72. Singer Dee Dee Sharp is 69. Rock singer-musician Doug Ingle is 68. Country singer Freddy Weller is 67. College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL player Joe Theismann is 65. Rock musician John McFee (The Doobie Brothers) is 64. Actor Tom Wopat is 63. Actress Angela Cartwright is 62. Musician-producer Dave Stewart is 62. Actor Hugh Grant is 54. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., is 51. Actor-comedian Charles Esten (formerly Chip) is 49. Actress Constance Marie is 49. Actor David Bennent is 48. Actor Adam Sandler is 48. Rock singer Paul Durham (Black Lab) is 46. Actress Julia Sawalha (TV: "Absolutely Fabulous") is 46. Model Rachel Hunter is 45. Actor Eric Stonestreet is 43. Actor Henry Thomas is 43. Actor Goran Visnjic is 42. Pop-jazz singer Michael Buble' is 39. Country singer Joey Martin (Joey + Rory) is 39. Latin singer Maria Rita is 37. Actress Michelle Williams is 34. Actress Julie Gonzalo is 33. Country singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes is 23.
Thought for today: "To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all." — Helen Rowland, American writer, journalist and humorist (1876-1950).