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Day in History: Rochester man dealt perfect cribbage hand

1990 – 25 years ago

• IBM consultant Harvey Long opened a major conference on outcome-based education by urging a change in education. Outcome-based education or OBE is a new approach being widely used in Rochester and numerous other districts in the state and nation. Long also said schools must incorporate technology such as computers in the classroom.

• Rex Quam had 25 points and 13 rebounds helping Wanamingo beat Goodhue 68-64 in Wasioja Conference high school boys basketball action.

1965 – 50 years ago

• The Austin School Board may now "require any employee of the school district to submit satisfactory evidence to it of acceptable physical or psychiatric condition" as a result of a new policy adopted. The school attorneys indicated such a policy is legal.


• A Rochester man was dealt a perfect cribbage hand recently – reportedly a one-in-13,000,000 chance. The man was Lawrence Lawman who was dealt the hand by Donald Lindburg; after the deck had been cut by Dick Gosse. The game was in the IBM lunchroom.

1940 – 75 years ago

• More than 1,000 laughing, applauding youngsters this morning enjoyed the preview of "Gulliver's Travels," a feature-length cartoon in Technicolor at the Chateau Theater.

• The Rochester Milk Products association held a director's meeting in the city hall. Distributors were introduced and shorts talks were given by J.M. Punderson of the Rochester Dairy and William Hennessey of the Pine Hill Dairy.

• Plans for the fourth annual American Legion Hospital association benefit dance to be held at the Pla-Mor ballroom were finalized. Burton Ballou is chairman.

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Ten years ago: Mahmoud Abbas, the No. 2 man in the Palestinian hierarchy during Yasser Arafat's rule, was elected president of the Palestinian Authority by a landslide. Sudan's vice president (Ali Osman Mohammed Taha) and the country's main rebel leader (John Garang) signed a comprehensive peace agreement, concluding an eight-year process to stop a civil war in the south.

Five years ago: In a video broadcast posthumously, the Jordanian doctor who'd killed seven CIA employees in a suicide attack in Afghanistan on Dec. 30, 2009, called on all jihadists to attack U.S. targets to avenge the death of Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud. Peyton Manning became the first player to win The Associated Press' NFL Most Valuable Player award four times.


One year ago: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fired one of his top aides, Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly, and apologized repeatedly for his staff's "stupid" behavior, insisting during a news conference that he had no idea anyone around him had engineered traffic jams as part of a political vendetta against a Democratic mayor. A chemical plant spill into West Virginia's Elk River contaminated the water supply for Charleston, forcing more than 300,000 water customers in nine counties to stop using tap water. Activist poet-playwright Amiri Baraka, 79, died at a hospital in Newark, N.J.

Today's Birthdays: Author Judith Krantz is 87. Football Hall-of-Famer Bart Starr is 81. Sportscaster Dick Enberg is 80. Actress K. Callan is 79. Folk singer Joan Baez is 74. Rockabilly singer Roy Head is 74. Rock musician Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) is 71. Singer David Johansen (aka Buster Poindexter) is 65. Singer Crystal Gayle is 64. Actor J.K. Simmons is 60. Actress Imelda Staunton is 59. Nobel Peace laureate Rigoberto Menchu is 56. Rock musician Eric Erlandson is 52. Actress Joely Richardson is 50. Rock musician Carl Bell (Fuel) is 48. Rock singer Steve Harwell (Smash Mouth) is 48. Rock singer-musician Dave Matthews is 48. Actress-director Joey Lauren Adams is 47. Actress Angela Bettis is 42. Roots singer-songwriter Hayes Carll is 39. Singer A.J. McLean (Backstreet Boys) is 37. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is 33. Pop-rock musician Drew Brown (OneRepublic) is 31. Rock-soul singer Paolo Nutini is 28. Actress Nina Dobrev is 26. Actor Tyree Brown is 11.

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