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Day in History: St. Charles flier credited with destroying Nazi plane

1990 – 25 years ago

• The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources closed Mystery Cave in Fillmore County because heavy rains have saturated the cave's entrance. About 50 visitors were turned away from the cave and advised to go to Niagara Cave south of Harmony, which is about 30 miles from Mystery Cave.

• Rick Undeberg, of Chatfield, took first place in the Enduro race at the Olmsted County Fair. Undeberg was driving a 1974 Chevelle and earned $1,000 for the victory.

1965 – 50 years ago

• The 1945 and 1955 Lake City Lincoln School graduating classes held reunions in Lake City this weekend. The 1945 class had 34 members and their spouses, and the 1955 class had 39 class members with their spouses present.


• The latest odds from the Las Vegas, Nev. bookies have the Minnesota Twins as a solid 3-5 favorite to win the 1965 American League pennant.

• The burst of unidentified flying objects-UFOs-sighted in recent days over Rochester seem to have abated in recent days, with only one new report to police. Yesterday there was a report of a purple alien object in the sky over the city for some time.

1940 – 75 years ago

• Bivouacked throughout a 50-mile radius of Little Falls, 20,000 military soldiers prepared for the army's war games. 25,000 more will be arriving to the area soon.

• At the DeLuxe Beauty Shop at 116 ½ S. Broadway a cool oil wave is $1.65, a permanent is $1.19 and a shampoo and finger wave is 40 cents.

Probable destruction of a German Messerschmitt plane was credited by the British air ministry to a 27-year-old St. Charles resident in a dogfight over the English Channel. Arthur Donahue, who finished high school in St. Charles about 10 years ago and learned to fly under the tutelage of Max Conrad of Winona, is a member of the Spitfire squadron.

1915 – 100 years ago

• The veterans of the Civil War will be royally entertained at the Minnesota State Fair, Sept. 6 to 11. The Scandinavian Veterans of the Civil War will take a prominent part in the general meeting.


From news services

Ten years ago: British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced new deportation measures against people who fostered hatred and advocated violence. The NCAA announced it would shut American Indian nicknames and images out of postseason tournaments. Hunter Kelly, whose battle with a nervous system disease inspired fundraising crusade by his father, Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, died in Orchard Park, N.Y., at age eight.

Five years ago: The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan, 63-37, as the Supreme Court's 112th justice and the fourth woman in its history. BP finished pumping cement into the blown Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. Thirty-three workers were trapped in a copper mine in northern Chile after a tunnel caved in (all were rescued after being entombed for 69 days). Ten members of a Christian medical team from the International Assistance Mission were gunned down in Afghanistan by unknown attackers.

One year ago: U.S. Maj. Gen. Harold Greene was shot to death near Kabul in one of the bloodiest insider attacks in the long Afghanistan war; the gunman, dressed as an Afghan soldier, turned on allied troops, wounding about 15, including a German general and two Afghan generals. American aid worker Nancy Writebol, infected with Ebola while in Liberia, arrived in Atlanta, joining Dr. Kent Brantly, a fellow patient being given an experimental treatment. (Both recovered.) Actress Marilyn Burns, 65, best known as the heroine of the 1974 horror classic "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," was found dead at her home in Houston. Former U.S. Surgeon General Jesse Steinfeld, 87, died in Pomona, California. The San Antonio Spurs hired WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the first woman to join an NBA coaching staff.

Today's birthdays: Actor John Saxon is 79. College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL player Roman Gabriel is 75. Country songwriter Bobby Braddock is 75. Actress Loni Anderson is 70. Actress Erika Slezak is 69. Rock singer Rick Derringer is 68. Actress Holly Palance is 65. Singer Samantha Sang is 62. Actress-singer Maureen McCormick is 59. Rock musician Pat Smear is 56. Author David Baldacci is 55. Actress Tawney Kitaen is 54. Actress Janet McTeer is 54. Country musician Mark O'Connor is 54. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Patrick Ewing is 53. Actor Jonathan Silverman is 49. Country singer Terri Clark is 47. Retired MLB All-Star John Olerud is 47. Rock musician Eicca Toppinen (Apocalyptica) is 40. Actor Jesse Williams (TV: "Grey's Anatomy") is 35. Actor Brendon Ryan Barrett is 29.

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