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Day in History: 'Quaint Quackery' is topic of Mayo lecture

1990 – 25 years ago

• Jane Willis and Dan Brun have been named the 1990 Homecoming Queen and King at Rochester John Marshall High School.

• Dr. Christine Hahn will be the first resident to spend time training at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti.

1965 – 50 years ago

• A time capsule device dubbed a "chronolith" will replace the traditional cornerstone in ceremonies at the new $14 million Rochester Methodist Hospital, now less than a year from completion.


• Sen. Eugene McCarthy, Minnesota's senior senator, was an overnight visitor in Rochester. Before leaving he had a breakfast meeting with Lt. Gov. A.M. Keith.

1940 – 75 years ago

• Dr. R.M. Hewitt of the Mayo Clinic staff will lecture on "Quaint Quackery" in the lobby of the Clinic at 7:30 p.m. this evening. The lecture is free and open to the public.

• Fire caused by an explosion in a new electric fryer spread rapidly through the Harry Green cafe in LeRoy, destroying the interior of the cafe.

• Roy Viall was honored at a testimonial dinner in the Spring Valley Commercial hotel for his efforts in obtaining the recently dedicated post office.

1915 – 100 years ago

• For Sale – House on south Oakwood St., $3,250, $450 cash down and $25 per month payment.

• The territory under quarantine in Dodge County for the foot-and-mouth disease remains under isolation.


From news services

Ten years ago: Defying the White House, senators voted 90-9 to approve an amendment sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that would prohibit the use of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" against anyone in U.S. government custody. (A reluctant President George W. Bush later signed off on the amendment.) Americans Robert H. Grubbs and Richard R. Schrock and Frenchman Yves Chauvin won the Nobel Prize in chemistry. Daniel Alfredsson scored twice in the final six minutes of regulation and once during the first shootout in NHL history, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Five years ago: Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani immigrant who'd tried to detonate a car bomb in Times Square, accepted a life sentence from a federal judge in New York with a smirk and warned that Americans could expect more bloodshed at the hands of Muslims. President Barack Obama convened the first-ever White House summit on community colleges, calling them the "unsung heroes of America's education system." Paroled burglar Steven Hayes was convicted of murdering a woman and her two daughters during a home-invasion robbery in Cheshire, Conn. (Hayes and fellow perpetrator Joshua Komisarjevsky remain on death row.)

One year ago: A suicide bomber blew himself up in Grozny, killing five policemen and wounding 12 others as the Chechen capital celebrated the birthday of its pro-Russian leader, Ramzan Kadyrov. Geoffrey Holder, a Tony Award-winning director, actor, painter, dancer and choreographer, died in New York at age 84.

Today's birthdays: Actress Glynis Johns is 92. Comedian Bill Dana is 91. Actor Peter Brown is 80. College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer is 78. Rhythm-and-blues singer Arlene Smith (The Chantels) is 74. Singer-musician Steve Miller is 72. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., is 72. Rock singer Brian Johnson (AC/DC) is 68. Actress Karen Allen is 64. Writer-producer-director Clive Barker is 63. Rock musician David Bryson (Counting Crows) is 61. Rock singer and famine-relief organizer Bob Geldof is 61. Designer Maya Lin is 56. Actor Daniel Baldwin is 55. Rock singer-musician Dave Dederer is 51. Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux is 50. Actor Guy Pearce is 48. Actress Josie Bissett is 45. Singer-actress Heather Headley is 41. Pop-rock singer Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) is 41. Rock musician Brian Mashburn (Save Ferris) is 40. Actress Parminder Nagra is 40. Actor Scott Weinger is 40. Actress Kate Winslet is 40. Rock musician James Valentine (Maroon 5) is 37. Rock musician Paul Thomas (Good Charlotte) is 35. Actor Jesse Eisenberg is 32. TV personality Nicky Hilton is 32. Actress Azure Parsons is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer Brooke Valentine is 30. Actor Kevin Bigley is 29. Actor Joshua Logan Moore is 21.

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