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Day in History: Senator Taft to speak in St. Charles

1990 – 25 years ago

Melissa Fuller has been named as the West Side Kiwanis Student of the Month. Melissa is active in speech team, tennis, Paws and Claws, French Club and the National Honor Society.

Vice president Dan Quayle will be stopping in Rochester at the Kahler Hotel for two hours to help raise funds for IR gubernatorial candidate Jon Grunseth.

1965 – 50 years ago

Some 1,100 persons attended the first of the Rochester Exchange Clubs series of adventure films at the Mayo Civic Auditorium Theater. The first film was "Spring Captures Holland."


The Rochester John Marshall High School had a perfect day weather wise for homecoming festivities. Rounding the day out was the Rockets beating Owatonna 28-13 for a homecoming football victory before a crowd of 5,000.

1940 – 75 years ago

Miss Shirley Baumgartner of Pine Island was named queen of the Faribault "Days of 49" celebration. Miss Baumgartner was chosen out of a group of 12 candidates at a style revue.

Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio is in Minnesota on a campaign swing and will speak today in St. Charles and Winona. Senator Taft will speak in behalf of Wendell Willkie, the party's presidential nominee.

1915 – 100 years ago

Earl Parker assumed his duties as the new Fire Chief of the Rochester Fire Department. Mr. Parker was a former day patrolman of the police department.

Max and Oscar Hargesheimer have signed a lease to move their drug stores from the Griffin building to the first floor of the new addition to the Patrick Woods' block.

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Ten years ago: A tour boat, the Ethan allen, capsized on New York's Lake George, killing 20 elderly passengers. Playwright August Wilson died in Seattle at age 60. Actor-comedian Nipsey Russell died in New York at age 87.

Five years ago: A coalition of progressive and civil rights groups marched by the thousands on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., pledging to support Democrats struggling to keep power on Capitol Hill.

One year ago: President Barack Obama acknowledged his pivotal role in the midterm political campaign, arguing in a speech at Northwestern University that the November congressional elections were a referendum on his economic policies and blaming Republicans for blocking his efforts to boost wages and create more jobs. Hong Kong's embattled leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, refused demands by pro-democracy protesters to step down.

Today's Birthdays: Country singer-musician Leon Rausch (Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys) is 88. Retired MLB All-Star Maury Wills is 83. Movie critic Rex Reed is 77. Singer-songwriter Don McLean is 70. Cajun/country singer Jo-el Sonnier (sahn-YAY') is 69. Actor Avery Brooks is 67. Fashion designer Donna Karan is 67. Photographer Annie Leibovitz is 66. Rock musician Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike & the Mechanics) is 65. Singer-actor Sting is 64. Actress Lorraine Bracco is 61. Country musician Greg Jennings (Restless Heart) is 61. Rock singer Phil Oakey (The Human League) is 60. Rhythm-and-blues singer Freddie Jackson is 57. Singer-producer Robbie Nevil is 57. Retro-soul singer James Hunter is 53. Former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien is 53. Rock musician Bud Gaugh (Sublime, Eyes Adrift) is 48. Folk-country singer Gillian Welch is 48. Country singer Kelly Willis is 47. Actor Joey Slotnick is 47. Rhythm-and-blues singer Dion Allen (Az Yet) is 45. Actress-talk show host Kelly Ripa (TV: "Live with Kelly and Michael") is 45. Singer Tiffany is 44. Rock singer Lene Nystrom is 42. Actor Efren Ramirez is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer LaTocha Scott (Xscape) is 42. Gospel singer Mandisa (TV: "American Idol") is 39. Actress Brianna Brown is 36. Rock musician Mike Rodden (Hinder) is 33. Tennis player Marion Bartoli is 31. Actor Christopher Larkin is 28. Rock singer Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes) is 27. Actress Samantha Barks is 25. Actress Elizabeth McLaughlin is 22.

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