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Day in History: Rochester State Hospital patient flees in nurse's car

1988 – 25 years ago

Folwell school students launched 900 balloons as part of a geography lesson. The balloons had notes in them asking the person who finds them to contact a student at the school.

The Minnesota duck hunting season will open this week and limits will be the smallest in decades and the number of shooting days has been cut to 30, down from 50 several years ago.

1963 – 50 years ago

Harvesting of southeast Minnesota's soybean crops is underway. In an interview with Eyota farmer Lawrence Larson he has harvested about 3,000 bushels of soybeans at an average rate of 35 bushels per acre.


"Members are Made of This" is the theme for the 1963 Lourdes High School homecoming activities. (Lourdes would win their homecoming football game 26-21 over Austin Pacelli)

1938 – 75 years ago

Stealing the keys and taking a nurse's car, a 19-year-old female patient from the Rochester State Hospital started out through a melon patch and led highway patrolmen and hospital employees in a car chase. She would eventually be captured on U.S. 14 near the Thomas Walsh farm close to Eyota.

The largest enrollment in its history is reported by the Rochester Junior College, where 197 students are attending classes. The school opened in 1917 and had 17 students its first year.

A national letter writing week is being sponsored by the Rochester post office to promote greater use of postal facilities. All persons are urged to write a letter.

From wire services

Ten years ago:The United States took over the month-long presidency of the U.N. Security Council at a time when it was campaigning for approval of a new resolution aimed at getting more countries to contribute troops and money to Iraq. Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh resigned from his ESPN sports job after stirring controversy by suggesting Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed.

Five years ago:After one spectacular failure in the House, the $700 billion financial industry bailout won lopsided passage in the Senate, 74-25, after it was loaded with tax breaks and other sweeteners. Nick Reynolds, a founding member of the Kingston Trio, died in San Diego at age 75. TV actor House Peters Jr., the original "Mr. Clean," died in Los Angeles at age 92.


One year ago:Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, addressing the U.N. General Assembly, accused some Security Council members of supporting "terrorism" in his country. North Korea warned that a "hostile" U.S. policy had left the Korean peninsula a spark away from a nuclear war. "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane was named as host of the 2013 Academy Awards.

Today's Birthdays:Former President Jimmy Carter is 89. Actress-singer Julie Andrews is 78. Actress Stella Stevens is 75. Rock musician Jerry Martini (Sly and the Family Stone) is 70. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Rod Carew is 68. Jazz musician Dave Holland is 67. Actor Stephen Collins is 66. Actress Yvette Freeman is 63. Actor Randy Quaid is 63. Rhythm-and-blues singer Howard Hewett is 58. Alt-country-rock musician Tim O'Reagan (The Jayhawks) is 55. Singer Youssou N'Dour is 54. Actor Esai Morales is 51. Retired MLB All-Star Mark McGwire is 50. Actor Christopher Titus is 49. Actress-model Cindy Margolis is 48. Rock singer-musician Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) is 45. Actor Zach Galifianakis is 44. Singer Keith Duffy is 39. Actress Sarah Drew is 33. Actress Jurnee Smollett is 27. Actress Brie Larson is 24.

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