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1989 – 25 years ago

• Igor, the 6-foot, 7-year-old Ukrainian boy with a rare pituitary gland tumor, will be returning to the Mayo Clinic for surgery in the near future.

• Rochester schools should build a new junior high school, additions at both high schools and possibly a third high school by the mid-1990s to solve projected overcrowding, a panel of citizens and school officials reported. It was also noted that the district should try an optional year-round school for kindergarten through 12-graders.

1964 – 50 years ago

• Mary Ann Polley was named as Student of the Month by the West Rochester Kiwanis Club. She is a straight "A" student and a member of the National Honor Society and is a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist.


• Kerwin Engelhart's Rochester John Marshall High School's basketball team will take on Austin, who is now coached by Oscar Haddorff. Engelhart and Haddorff were backcourt teammates on the 1950-51 Hamline University basketball team. (JM would win the game 96-86.)

• 13 "student cooks" enrolled in the first class offered under the U.S. Manpower Development and Training Act in Rochester. Training will be from 4 to 10 p.m. five days a week for 24 weeks.

1939 – 75 years ago

• Dr. and Mrs. E.C. Stafne entertained 30 members of the dental section of the Mayo Clinic with a Christmas dinner party at their home.

• There was talk around town about the new Hollywood super colossal movie that premiered in Atlanta. The 3 hour and 57 minute movie titled "Gone With The Wind" was called by the author Margaret Mitchell as a "great emotional experience" with the "most perfect of casts."

• You can buy pure linen ladies' and men's initialed handkerchiefs at the J.T. Saidy Co. in Rochester.

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Ten years ago: Bobbie Jo Stinnett, 23, of Skidmore, Mo., was found dying in her home, her unborn baby cut from her womb. (The baby was recovered by authorities in Melvern, Kansas; Stinnett's killer, Lisa Montgomery, was later sentenced to death). Britain's highest court dealt a huge blow to the government's anti-terrorism policy by ruling that it could not detain foreign suspects indefinitely without trial. Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein met with a lawyer for the first time since his capture a year earlier. Agnes Martin, one of the world's foremost abstract artists, died in Taos, N.M., at age 92.


Five years ago: Two hundred Mexican Marines raided an upscale apartment complex and killed drug cartel chief Arturo Beltran Leyva in a two-hour gunbattle. Iran test-fired a missile capable of hitting Israel and parts of Europe. Police fired pepper spray and beat protesters with batons outside the U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen. Tiger Woods was voted Athlete of the Decade by members of The Associated Press. Yegor Gaidar, 53, who oversaw Russia's painful transition from communism to a free market economy, died in Moscow. Roy E. Disney, 79, the son and nephew of the Walt Disney Co. founders, died in Newport Beach, California.

One year ago: In the first ruling of its kind, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon declared that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records likely violated the Constitution's ban on unreasonable search. Ray Price, 87, one of country music's most popular and influential singers and bandleaders, died in Mount Pleasant, Texas.

Today's birthdays: Civil rights attorney Morris Dees is 78. Actress Joyce Bulifant is 77. Actress Liv Ullmann is 76. CBS news correspondent Lesley Stahl is 73. TV producer Steven Bochco is 71. Former Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons is 70. Pop musician Tony Hicks (The Hollies) is 69. Pop singer Benny Andersson (ABBA) is 68. Actor Ben Cross is 67. Rock singer-musician Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) is 65. Rock musician Bill Bateman (The Blasters) is 63. Actor Xander Berkeley is 59. Actress Alison LaPlaca is 55. Actor Sam Robards is 53. Actor Jon Tenney is 53. Actor Benjamin Bratt is 51. Country singer-songwriter Jeff Carson is 51. Actor-comedian JB Smoove is 49. Actor Daniel Cosgrove is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Michael McCary is 43. Actor Jonathan Scarfe is 39. Actress Krysten Ritter is 33. Actress Zoe Jarman (TV: "The Mindy Project") is 32. Country musician Chris Scruggs is 32. Actress Amanda Setton is 29. Rock musician Dave Rublin (American Authors) is 28. Actress Hallee Hirsh is 27. Actress Anna Popplewell is 26.

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