Day in History: Sen. Mondale to speak at Mabel-Canton graduation
1993 – 25 years ago
• The number of Rochester Public Library patrons waiting for John Grisham’s new suspense novel “The Client” is now at 104 setting a record for the number of reserve requests.
• A 1932 “Sky Scout” airplane built by Bernard Pietenpol, who had a shop in Cherry Grove southeast of Spring Valley, will be dedicated June 12 at Fillmore County History Center in Fountain.
1968 – 50 years ago
• Sen. Walter Mondale, D-Minn., will be the commencement speaker at the Mabel-Canton High School graduation exercises. The senator will be introduced by Lorraine Kingston of Mabel, a former teacher of Mondale’s at Elmore High School.
• A canoe and paddleboat rental concession will begin operations this week on Silver Lake. The City Park and Recreation has signed a one-year contract for the rental operation behind Fire Station No. 2 near West Silver Lake Pavilion.
• The three top students of the 1968 Wanamingo High School graduating class are Melvin Beulke, valedictorian and Patricia Bordson and Larry Axelson, co-salutatorians.
1943 – 75 years ago
• Approximately 200 women and young people will be selling thousands of poppies tomorrow when the auxiliaries to the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars stage their annual Poppy Day observances.
• Dr. Henry Helmholz of Rochester, head of the department on pediatrics in the Mayo Clinic and professor of pediatrics in the Mayo Foundation, will be awarded an honorary degree of doctor of science at the University of Wisconsin.
• Buses, fire engines, taxicabs and other commercial vehicles must not be used in Memorial Day or other parades. With the rationing of gasoline these vehicles are only to be used for essential operations.
1918 – 100 years ago
• A big drive for recruits for the United States army is underway throughout the state. Innumerable opportunities are open for young men in all branches of the regular army.
• Memorial Day this year will be the greatest ever held in the history of the city. Business in Rochester will be suspended. Rochester must show it is 100 percent patriotic.
From news services
Ten years ago: The White House reacted angrily to a highly critical memoir by President George W. Bush’s former press secretary, Scott McClellan, who wrote that Bush had relied on an aggressive “political propaganda campaign” instead of the truth to sell the Iraq war. Nepal’s lawmakers abolished the monarchy and declared the country a republic, ending 239 years of royal rule.
Five years ago: Calling it perhaps the biggest money-laundering scheme in U.S. history, federal prosecutors charged seven people with running what amounted to an online, underworld bank, saying that Liberty Reserve handled $6 billion for drug dealers, child pornographers, identity thieves and other criminals around the globe.
One year ago: A series of shootings in rural Mississippi claimed the lives of eight people at three separate homes; a suspect faces one count of capital murder in the death of Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy William Durr and seven counts of first-degree murder. The Cannes Film Festival awarded its coveted Palme d’Or award to Ruben Ostlund’s Swedish comedy “The Square.” Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 to give owner Michael Andretti a second consecutive victory. Angelique Kerber became the first women’s No. 1 seed to be defeated in the French Open’s first round in the Open era, losing 6-2, 6-2 to 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.
Today’s birthdays: Actress Carroll Baker is 87. Producer-director Irwin Winkler is 87. Actor John Karlen is 85. Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West is 80. Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is 74. Singer Gladys Knight is 74. Actress-director Sondra Locke is 74. Singer Billy Vera is 74. Singer John Fogerty (Creedance Clearwater Revival) is 73. Country musician Jerry Douglas (Alison Krauss and Union Station) is 62. Actor Louis Mustillo is 60. U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C.., is 58. Actor Brandon Cruz (TV: “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”) is 56. Country singer Phil Vassar is 54. Actress Christa Miller is 54. Singer-musician Chris Ballew (Presidents of the USA) is 53. Rapper Chubb Rock is 50. Singer Kylie Minogue is 50. Actor Justin Kirk is 49. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is 47. Olympic gold medal figure skater Ekaterina Gordeeva is 47. Television personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck is 41. Actor Jake Johnson is 40. Actor Jesse Bradford is 39. Actress Monica Keena is 39. Actress Alexa Davalos is 36. Actress Megalyn Echikunwoke (eh-cheek-uh-WALK’-ay) is 36. Pop singer Colbie Caillat is 33. Actress Carey Mulligan is 33. Actor Joseph Cross is 32.