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Day in History: Open House set for Rochester Junior College’s 50th anniversary

1991 – 25 years ago

• Karen French of Nelson, New Zealand, is the new Miss Minnesota Bible College after a ceremony at Willow Creek Junior High.

• A new policy for Rochester would allow the police force to hire more minorities; Police Chief Pat Farrell said he would like a change that would allow the civil service commission to review more applications of minorities and women.

1966 – 50 years ago

• An open house will be held at Coffman Hall followed by a public concert in Central Auditorium, featuring the 100-voice RJC choir, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Rochester Junior College. The two-year college will also officially change its name to the Rochester State Junior College.


• Rochester hired three new coaches for next season. They are Al Wold, who will be the John Marshall head basketball coach; Jim Duea, who will be head track and cross country coach for JM and Lorne Grosso, who will head the hockey program at Mayo.

1941 – 75 years ago

• Two farm girls attained the Spring Valley High school 1941 graduating class honors. The two, Meryl Weise and Barbara Sample have been named co-valedictorians with scholastic averages of 95.

• The Rochester city council purchased two police cars for the police department for $1,054 with a trade-in. The bid for two Mercury Fords cars by Universal Motors was accepted.

1916 – 100 years ago

• The chemistry classes at Rochester High School have organized into a club for the purpose of making a more detailed study of some of the branches of this science.

• The public meeting of the Ford Literary society will be held this evening at the Rochester high school auditorium. A debate will be one of the features on the program. An admission fee of one cent will be charged.

From news services


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Five years ago:Canadian opposition parties brought down the Conservative government in a no-confidence vote, triggering an election that gave Prime Minister Stephen Harper a clear Conservative majority in Parliament. Olga Ulyanova, 89, a chemist and niece of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin who'd written several books praising her uncle and family, died in Moscow.

One year ago:Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked the U.S. Congress for billions of American tax dollars and vowed his war-wracked country would be self-reliant within the decade. British singer Zayn Malik shocked his fans by announcing he was quitting the chart-topping band One Direction.

Today's birthdays:Movie reviewer Gene Shalit is 90. Former astronaut James Lovell is 88. Feminist activist and author Gloria Steinem is 82. Singer Anita Bryant is 76. Singer Aretha Franklin is 74. Actor Paul Michael Glaser is 73. Singer Elton John is 69. Actress Bonnie Bedelia is 68. Actress-comedian Mary Gross is 63. Actor James McDaniel is 58. Former Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., is 58. Movie producer Amy Pascal is 58. Rock musician Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet) is 56. Actress Brenda Strong is 56. Actor Fred Goss is 55. Actor-writer-director John Stockwell is 55. Actress Marcia Cross is 54. Author Kate DiCamillo is 52. Actress Lisa Gay Hamilton is 52. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is 51. Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Glavine is 50. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Debi Thomas is 49. Actor Laz Alonso is 45. Singer Melanie Blatt (All Saints) is 41. Actor Domenick Lombardozzi is 40. Actor Lee Pace is 37. Actor Sean Faris is 34. Auto racer Danica Patrick is 34. Actress-singer Katharine McPhee is 32. Singer Jason Castro is 29. Rapper Big Sean is 28. Rap DJ/producer Ryan Lewis is 28. Actor Matthew Beard is 27. Actress-singer Aly (AKA Alyson) Michalka (mish-AL'-kah) is 27. Actor Kiowa Gordon is 26. Actress Seychelle Gabriel is 25.

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