Day in History: National day of mourning for RFK

June 11, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• Former Vice President Walter Mondale has accepted President Bill Clinton’s offer to become ambassador to Japan.

• A U.S. Army Reserve helicopter landed this morning on the athletic field at Kellogg Junior High. The Cobra landing was the final stage of a project for teacher Roger Larsen’s eighth-grade physical science class. Larsen’s goal was to bring the science lessons to life for his classes.

1968 – 50 years ago

• President Lyndon Johnson has proclaimed June 9 a national day of mourning in the memory of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The flying of the U.S. flag shall be flown at half-staff on all buildings.

• Inside Central Junior High School Rochester State Junior College held its 52nd commencement. Degrees and diplomas were presented to 294 students, the last class to go to school in the Coffman Building.

• James Earl Ray, chief suspect in the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has been arrested in London by Scotland Yard detectives.

1943 – 75 years ago

• Rochester schools superintendent I. E. Ross has resigned to become head of the public schools at Davenport, Iowa.

• The University of Minnesota has been designated to receive quotas of men under the Navy’s V-12 program for training in engineering and pre-medicine. (The V-12 government-funded tuition program was to produce officers and technically trained personnel in fields such as engineering, foreign languages and medicine.)

1918 – 100 years ago

• Frank Kellogg has endorsed the reelection of Minnesota governor J.A. A. Burnquist. (During Burnquist’s second term as lieutenant governor he succeeded Governor James Henry Hammond, who died in office. He was elected in November 1918 as the 19th governor of Minnesota)

• Word has been received that Olmsted County has lost the first of her sons to die in action in France. Ivan Stringer, son of Dr. and Mrs. N. I. Stringer, of Stewartville, was killed in action in April of this year.

From news services

Ten years ago: Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico unveiled an IBM supercomputer named Roadrunner, a $100 million machine capable of performing 1,000 trillion calculations per second in a sustained exercise. A growing number of supermarkets and restaurants yanked three varieties of tomatoes from their shelves and dishes amid concerns about a 17-state salmonella outbreak. Ken Griffey Jr. became the sixth player in baseball history to reach 600 homers in the first inning of the Cincinnati Reds’ 9-4 victory against the Florida Marlins.

Five years ago: Risking prosecution by the U.S. government, 29-year-old intelligence analyst Edward Snowden was revealed as the source of The Guardian and The Washington Post disclosures about secret American surveillance programs. Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL’) became the first man to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam tournament after beating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the French Open final, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Inbee Park birdied the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Catriona Matthew to win the rain-delayed LPGA Championship. “Kinky Boots” was named best musical at the Tony Awards; “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” won best play.

One year ago: Punching back a day after his fired FBI director’s damaging testimony, President Donald Trump accused James Comey of lying to Congress and said he was “100 percent” willing to testify under oath about their conversations. Tennis star Venus Williams’ SUV was struck by a car at an intersection near her home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; the collision fatally injured the car’s passenger, 78-year-old Jerome Barson. Actor Adam West, TV’s “Batman,” died in Los Angeles at age 88.

Today’s birthdays: Comedian Jackie Mason is 90. Media analyst Marvin Kalb is 88. Former baseball manager and player Bill Virdon is 87. Sports commentator Dick Vitale is 79. Author Letty Cottin Pogrebin is 79. Rock musician Mick Box (Uriah Heep) is 71. Retired MLB All-Star Dave Parker is 67. Film composer James Newton Howard is 67. Mystery author Patricia Cornwell is 62. Actor Michael J. Fox is 57. Writer-producer Aaron Sorkin is 57. Actor Johnny Depp is 55. Actress Gloria Reuben is 54. Gospel singer-actress Tamela Mann is 52. Rock musician Dean Felber (Hootie & the Blowfish) is 51. Rock musician Dean Dinning is 51. Musician Ed Simons is 48. Actress Keesha Sharp is 45. Country musician Shade Deggs (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 44. Bluegrass singer-musician Jamie Dailey (Dailey & Vincent) is 43. Actress Michaela Conlin is 40. Actress Natalie Portman is 37. Actress Mae Whitman is 30. Actor Lucien Laviscount is 26.