Day in History: 1943 – Glasenapp is a Japanese POW
1993 – 25 years ago
• NBC has announced they will proceed with plans for an hour long daytime Monday through Friday home shopping show from the Mall of America.
• Marine Pfc. Ethan Deer graduated from Military Police School at the Air Force Military Training Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.
1968 – 50 years ago
• For the second time in six weeks, voters in Plainview turned down a school bond issue for construction of a $2.4 million senior high school. A vote of 735 “no” and 452 “yes” vetoed the project.
• Traffic whisked along interstate 94 today, linking the traditional rivals, Minneapolis and St. Paul, with a speedy thoroughfare. The last stretch of I-94 was opened after a dedication ceremony that includes speeches by Gov. Harold LeVander and other state and Twin Cities officials.
1943 – 75 years ago
• Word has been received that Corporal Erwin Glasenapp of Rochester is a prisoner of the Japanese. (Glasenapp survived the Bataan Death March and was liberated as a POW on September 9, 1945, by American forces).
• The Northwest Airlines office in Rochester has hired additional personnel in their downtown office in the Kahler Hotel.
• The Rochester public school total enrollment this year is 3,794. This total is a 252 pupil decrease from last year.
1918 – 100 years ago
• The high school library is to be opened to the public this evening for the first time. The opening was made possible because of the cooperation of the high school teachers who volunteered to assist in the extra work involved.
• An excellent musical program was given for the students of the senior high school this morning by the senior high orchestra, directed by Miss Helen Currier.
• Members of the Knowlton Store club enjoyed themselves at the store Christmas party.
From news services
Ten years ago: Defying calls for his resignation, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich showed up for work on his 52nd birthday despite charges he’d schemed to enrich himself by offering to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat. The House approved a plan, 237-170, to speed $14 billion in loans to Detroit’s automakers. U.S. Special Forces killed six Afghan police in a case of mistaken identity by both sides after the police fired on the Americans during an operation against an insurgent commander.
Five years ago: South Africa held a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, during which U.S. President Barack Obama energized tens of thousands of spectators and about 100 visiting heads of state with a plea for the world to emulate “the last great liberator of the 20th century.” (The ceremony was marred by the presence of a sign-language interpreter who deaf advocates said was an impostor waving his arms around meaninglessly.)