Day in History: Returning skater given key to city
1989 – 25 years ago
• The entire Rochester Figure Skating Club and the mayor were waiting for Polish figure skater Grzegorz Filipowski when he arrived at the Rochester Airport. He was presented with the key to the city and an honorary citizenship of the city. The return celebration was in honor of Filipowski's third-place finish earlier this year in the World championships in Paris. Filipowski lives with his coach, Barbara Kossowska in Rochester and trains at Rochester-Olmsted Recreation Center.
• Grandma's Kitchen is celebrating its 12th anniversary. Specials include a Patti Melt with the works for $2.75; and 2 eggs, hash browns, toast and coffee for $1.95.
1964 – 50 years ago
• At its recent meeting, the Rochester City Council was urged to consider the purchase of rescue equipment for use in the event of local disasters. The request was made by the Mayo Clinic Disaster Committee. A light duty rescue truck would carry portable saws, generators, floodlights and smoke extractors.
• The Rochester IBM Explorer Post 113 rifle team placed 10th in the nation in the annual Explorer Rifle Match. A total of 286 teams and 1,496 boys were entered in the competition.
• Beginning this summer and continuing through June 1965, there will be a record number of 18th birthdays celebrated in Olmsted County. The new crop consists of the ones who were born shortly after the end of World War II, when the post-war baby boom took place. It will have a bearing on the labor market, since many of these boys and girls will be finishing high school and looking for jobs.
1939 – 75 years ago
• Studebaker has the lowest price for new cars in the area. The new Studebaker Champion was introduced to the public at the showrooms of the Rochester Auto Market on First Avenue Southwest for $660. The Champion has a 164.3 cubic inch engine, overdrive and hydraulic brakes. It weighs 600 pounds less than other comparable cars and is said to use 10 percent to 25 percent less gasoline.
• A former Lanesboro farm boy has been named to the high post of the Roman Catholic Church in Kansas City, Mo. Most Rev. Edwin V. O'Hara was born and raised on a farm near Lanesboro.
• Dr. and Mrs. C.H. Mayo returned to Rochester this afternoon from Tucson, Ariz. where they spent the winter. His brother, Dr. W.J. Mayo, and his family returned to Rochester a few days earlier.
From news services
Ten years ago: A Russian rocket roared into space carrying an American, a Russian and a Dutchman to the international space station on the third manned mission since the halt of the U.S. shuttle program. Catherine Ndereba won the Boston Marathon for the third time, finishing in 2:24:27; Timothy Cherigat won the men's race in 2:10:37 to complete a Kenyan sweep. McDonald's Corp. chairman and CEO Jim Cantalupo died in Orlando, Fla., at age 60.
Five years ago:The Summit of the Americas wrapped up in Trinidad and Tobago; afterward, President Barack Obama held a news conference in which he defended his brand of world politics, saying he "strengthens our hand" by reaching out to enemies of the United States. Author J.G. Ballard, a survivor of a Japanese prison camp who reached a wide audience with the autobiographical "Empire Of The Sun," died in London at age 78. Felix "Doc" Blanchard, football superhero for Army and winner of the 1945 Heisman Trophy, died at his central Texas home at age 84.
One year ago:Dzhokhar Tsarnaev a 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings, was taken into custody after a manhunt that had left the city virtually paralyzed; his older brother and alleged accomplice, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was killed earlier in a furious attempt to escape police. Newspaper publisher Al Neuharth, 89, died in Coco Beach, Fla. Children's author E.L. Konigsburg, 83, died in Falls Church, Va.
Today's birthdays:Actor Hugh O'Brian is 89. Actress Elinor Donahue is 77. Rock musician Alan Price (The Animals) is 72. Actor Tim Curry is 68. Pop singer Mark "Flo" Volman (The Turtles; Flo and Eddie) is 67. Actor Tony Plana is 62. Former tennis player Sue Barker is 58. Former race car driver Al Unser Jr. is 52. Recording executive Suge Knight is 49. Singer-songwriter Dar Williams is 47. Actress Ashley Judd is 46. Singer Bekka Bramlett is 46. Latin pop singer Luis Miguel is 44. Actress Jennifer Esposito is 42. Actress Jennifer Taylor is 42. Jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux is 40. Actor James Franco is 36. Actress Kate Hudson is 35. Actor Hayden Christensen is 33. Actress Catalina Sandino Moreno is 33. Roots rock musician Steve Johnson (Alabama Shakes) is 29. Actor Courtland Mead is 27. Tennis player Maria Sharapova is 27.