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Day in History: Peace Corps plans citywide recruiting drive

1989 – 25 years ago

Byron High School won their quarterfinal game in the state Class A high school baseball tournament with a tense 5-4 victory over Sauk Centre.

Kim Dutelle, of Rochester, won the Minnesota Women's Golf Association junior girls state championship with a 79 and 80. Dutelle will be attending Memphis State University on a golf scholarship.

1964 – 50 years ago

The Peace Corps will stage its first citywide recruiting drive in Rochester. There are no limits on age regarding volunteers. By September 1965, the Peace Corps is hoping to increase its volunteer number to 14,000.


The winner of the first talent festival during the Pine Island Cheese Festival was Janice Porter, of Rochester, who won with a fascinating contortionistic display.

Spurting to its largest gain of 1964, Rochester employment topped the 24,000 mark in May. Construction jobs as well as manufacturing and retail trade were all up in numbers.

1939 – 75 years ago

A 50th anniversary celebration of the Black Creek Band, oldest musical organization in the state, will be held in Grand Meadow. The band was organized in 1889 following a Norwegian Independence Day celebration.

The one-room schoolhouse is passing from the American scene and is being replaced by consolidated schools. However, Minnesota still has 6,707 country school operating.

Copies of "Pen Points," an English department literary publication, were presented to all students in the nine Rochester High school rooms today. The mimeographed 80-page booklet consists of creative work writing by 157 students.

From wire services:

Ten years ago:A car bomb exploded during rush hour on a busy street in Baghdad, killing 13 people, including three General Electric workers and two bodyguards. The Supreme Court allowed schoolchildren to keep affirming loyalty to one nation "under God" but dodged the underlying question of whether the Pledge of Allegiance was an unconstitutional blending of church and state.


Five years ago:The Los Angeles Lakers won their 15th championship, beating the Orlando Magic 99-86 in Game 5 of the NBA finals. Anna Nordqvist shot a 4-under par 68 to become the second rookie in a row to win the LPGA Championship. Bob Bogle, 75, lead guitarist and co-founder of the rock band The Ventures, died in Vancouver, Wash.

One year ago:The Associated Press reported that Minnesota resident Michael Karkoc, 94, had been a top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children, then lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States a few years after World War II. (German and Polish authorities are investigating; Karkoc's family has accused the AP of "slanderous allegations.") Major League Baseball came down hard on the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks, handing out eight suspensions and a dozen fines as punishment for a bench-clearing brawl on June 11.

Today's birthdays:Actress Marla Gibbs is 83. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., is 75. Writer Peter Mayle is 75. Actor Jack Bannon is 74. Country-rock musician Spooner Oldham is 71. Rock singer Rod Argent (The Zombies; Argent) is 69. Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump is 68. Singer Janet Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 68. Rock musician Barry Melton is 67. Rock musician Alan White (Yes) is 65. Actor Eddie Mekka is 62. Actor Will Patton is 60. Olympic gold-medal speed skater Eric Heiden is 56. Singer Boy George is 53. Rock musician Chris DeGarmo is 51. Actress Traylor Howard is 48. Actress Yasmine Bleeth is 46. Actor Faizon Love is 46. Actor Stephen Wallem ("Nurse Jackie") is 46. International Tennis Hall of Famer Steffi Graf is 45. Screenwriter Diablo Cody is 36. Actor J.R. Martinez is 31. Actor-singer Kevin McHale is 26. Actress Lucy Hale is 25. Pop singer Jesy Nelson (Little Mix) is 23. Country singer Joel Crouse is 22. Actor Daryl Sabara is 22.

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