Day in History: Brawl in Minneapolis disrupts Wallace rally
1993 – 25 years ago
• Doctors consider Mayo Clinic in Rochester the second-best hospital in the nation, the latest annual ratings from U.S. News & World Report. The clinic won the No. 2 place behind Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for a third year in a row.
• Ken Johannson of Rochester has been named winner of USA Hockey’s Walter Yaciuk Award. The award honors a USA Hockey volunteer who has dedicated his or her service to the growth of coaching at the youth hockey level.
1968 – 50 years ago
• Several fights broke out during a George Wallace rally in the Minneapolis Convention Center. Minneapolis Mayor Arthur Naftalin apologized for the actions of demonstrators. The mayor said, “While I disagree with Mr. Wallace’s political views, I believe he has the right to speak and to be heard. The right of free speech for all citizens cannot be preserved if mob action can deny the freedom to speak to individuals.”
• Rochester middleweight Pat O’Connor passed Professional Boxing Test No. 2 with flying colors when he stopped Roger Brownlee of Missoula, Mont. in the fourth round in a bout held in the Butte Civic Center.
1943 – 75 years ago
• Members of the Rochester Fire Department and the Rochester Police Department will engage in a softball benefit game at Soldiers Field. All proceeds will be used to buy cigarettes for our fighting men overseas.
• The heaviest rainfall in the history of the city – 8.25 inches in 24 hours caused extensive flooding throughout the city of Albert Lea.
1918 – 100 years ago
• The usual Fourth of July fireworks at the Rochester State Hospital were canceled this year due to lack of funds.