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Day in History: Rochester Public Library adds 100,000 volume

1991 – 25 years ago

• Richard and Jan Erwin of rural Oronoco have been named king and queen of the Senior Citizens Center in Rochester. They will represent the center at community sponsored events for 1991-92.

• A support group for Rochester Public Schools staff members who have family or friends stationed in the Middle East is being organized by the district's Department of Human Resources.

1966 – 50 years ago

• Today marked a milestone for the Rochester Public Library, where Volume 100,000 was put on the shelves. Among municipal libraries, Rochester ranks fourth in the state behind Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth.


• A new service station has opened. The Olmsted Cooperative Oil Co. service station on North Broadway and 11th St. N.E. The station will be managed by Gayle Janzen and Carlyle Paske.

1941 – 75 years ago

• The Rochester Junior College and Hibbing Junior College will meet this week in the annual "north-south" game. The Hibbing-Rochester series started in the 1920s.

• The 75-year-old belfry of the Mazeppa Methodist church will be repaired for the first time since it was built in 1866.

1916 – 100 years ago

• Miss Mildred Madden of Rochester recently received the highest honors in an essay contest at the College of St. Teresa at Winona. Miss Madden will complete her studies at the Winona institution this spring.

• A party comprised of Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Eaton, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gooding, Rev. and Mrs. Southgate and Mrs. W.J. Mayo left this morning for Faribault on a trip to visit a new church that was recently erected in that city.

From news services


Ten years ago:President George W. Bush, en route to India and Pakistan, made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to show U.S. support for the country's fledgling democracy. Actor Jack Wild, who'd played the Artful Dodger in the 1968 movie musical "Oliver!," died in Bedfordshire, England, at age 53.

Five years ago:Yemen's embattled president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, accused the U.S., his closest ally, of instigating the mounting protests against him, but the gambit failed to slow the momentum of his ouster (he later apologized to Washington). The House handily passed legislation to cut the federal budget by $4 billion and avert a partial shutdown of the government for two weeks. (The Senate passed the stopgap funding bill the next day.)

One year ago:Tens of thousands marched through Moscow in honor of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who had been shot to death on Feb. 27. Minnie "Cuban Comet" Minoso, major league baseball's first black Latino star, died in Chicago. (There was some question about Minoso's age, but the medical examiner's office and the White Sox said he was 90.)

Today's birthdays:Actor Robert Clary is 90. Singer Harry Belafonte is 89. Actor Robert Conrad is 81. Rock singer Mike D'Abo (Manfred Mann) is 72. Former Sen. John Breaux, D-La., is 72. Rock singer Roger Daltrey is 72. Actor Dirk Benedict is 71. Actor Alan Thicke is 69. Actor-director Ron Howard is 62. Actress Catherine Bach is 62. Country singer Janis Gill (aka Janis Oliver Cummins) (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) is 62. Actor Tim Daly is 60. Singer-musician Jon Carroll is 59. Rock musician Bill Leen is 54. Actor Bryan Batt is 53. Actor Maurice Bernard is 53. Actor Russell Wong is 53. Actor Chris Eigeman is 51. Actor John David Cullum is 50. Actor George Eads is 49. Actor Javier Bardem is 47. Actor Jack Davenport is 43. Rock musician Ryan Peake (Nickelback) is 43. Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar is 42. Singer Tate Stevens is 41. Actor Jensen Ackles is 38. TV host Donovan Patton is 38. Rock musician Sean Woolstenhulme is 35. Actress Lupita Nyong'o is 33. Pop singer Kesha (formerly Ke$ha) is 29. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sammie is 29. Pop singer Justin Bieber is 22.

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