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Day in History: Reservists await call-up

1990 – 25 years ago

• Rochester Community College men's basketball coach Bill Fessler aced the 190-yard 15th hole during the annual Rochester Youth Basketball Tournament at Willow Creek Golf Course. Fessler used a 6-wood. He was playing with Les Cookman, Kevin Lund and John Sheehan.

• Many military reservists in Minnesota are anxiously awaiting word on whether they will be called to active duty as part of the U.S. deployment of troops to Saudi Arabia. Mayo Clinic officials stated that more 50 physicians, nurse anesthetists and other technicians could be affected.

1965 – 50 years ago

• Andrea Olson was crowned queen of the 1965 St. Charles Gladiolus Festival. Some 400 people attended the queen pageant at the high school.


• A 40-year reunion of the Zumbro Falls High School Class of 1925 – the first ever held – was at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Zumbro Falls.

• A Blooming Prairie team from Post 260 won top honors for the second year in a row in the 11th annual Gamehaven Council Canoe Derby. The team's winning time was 11 hours, 16 minutes and 10 seconds.

1940 – 75 years ago

• A special committee is advising schools to teach high school youths how to work hard steadily for eight hours. It appears many parents have given up the custom of teaching boys and girls work habits and useful occupations. It was recommended that schools could help students with this by arranging for part-time employment in industries.

• A request has been received from the lord mayor of Rochester, England, for aid from Rochester, Minn., in raising money for aircraft in the fight against Germany. The mayor from England said each Spitfire and Hurricane fighter plane costs $25,000.

• Five Chatfield youths enlisted at the Army recruiting station in one day. The recruiting office is in the armory and is open each day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Saturday when the office closes at noon.

1915 – 100 years ago

• With heavy traffic and speeding complaints on Broadway, Traffic Officer John Gates kept track of all wagons, carriages and automobiles passing his corner, and he counted 407. That averages out to be about seven vehicle types a minute.


From news services

Ten years ago: The last Jewish settlers left Gaza, making way for the Palestinian government. During a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Salt Lake City, President George W. Bush compared the fight against terrorism to both world wars and other great conflicts of the 20th century. Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested on "The 700 Club" that American operatives assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whom he called a "terrific danger" to the United States. (Robertson later apologized, saying he had spoken out of frustration.)

Five years ago: Chilean President Sebastian Pinera confirmed that all the miners trapped deep underground for 17 days were still alive after a probe came back with a handwritten note, "All 33 of us are fine in the shelter." (The miners were rescued the following October.) A proposed mosque near ground zero drew hundreds of fever-pitch demonstrators, with opponents carrying signs associating Islam with blood and supporters shouting, "Say no to racist fear!" Arjun Atwal captured the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., by one stroke to become the first Indian-born PGA Tour winner.

One year ago: Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. The United Nations reported the death toll from three years of Syria's civil war had risen to more than 191,000 people. Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque in Iraq during Friday prayers and killed at least 64 people.

Today's birthdays: Heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley is 95. Broadcast journalist Morton Dean is 80. Author Annie Proulx is 80. Baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski is 76. Actress Valerie Harper is 76. Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells is 74. Writer-producer David Chase is 70. CBS newsman Steve Kroft is 70. Actress Cindy Williams is 68. Pop musician David Marks is 67. International Swimming Hall of Famer Diana Nyad is 66. Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor is 59. Country singer Holly Dunn is 58. Rock musician Vernon Reid is 57. Country singer Ricky Lynn Gregg is 56. Country singer Collin Raye is 55. Actress Regina Taylor is 55. Rock singer Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) is 54. Rock musician Debbi Peterson (The Bangles) is 54. Rock musician Gary Lee Conner (Screaming Trees) is 53. Singer Tori Amos is 52. Country singer Mila Mason is 52. Rhythm-and-blues musician James DeBarge is 52. International Tennis Hall of Famer Mats Wilander is 51. Actress Brooke Dillman is 49. Rapper GZA/The Genius is 49. Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is 48. Actor Ty Burrell is 48. Celebrity chef Giada DeLaurentiis is 45. Actress Melinda Page Hamilton is 44. Actor Rick Yune is 44. Rock musician Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty) is 43. Rap-reggae singer Beenie Man is 42. Singer Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) is 42. Comedian-actress Kristen Wiig is 42. Actress Jenna Leigh Green is 41. Rock musician Bo Koster is 41. Rock musician Dean Back (Theory of a Deadman) is 40. Talk show host James Corden ("The Late Late Show with James Corden") is 37. Rock musician Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan) is 37. Actor Brandon Adams is 36. Actress Aya Sumika is 35.

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