1917: Chicken case decided by city attorney
1992 – 25 years ago
• The defending state champion Rochester Royals will go the 1992 Minnesota State Amateur Baseball tournament. The Royals, behind the pitching and hitting of Bill Cutshall, defeated Waseca 7-2 to conclude sectional play with an undefeated 6-0 record.
• The Charlie Daniels Band will be performing at the Steele County Fairgrounds in Owatonna. The band features bluegrass, southern rock, country and blues.
1967 – 50 years ago
• Two men armed with short-barreled revolvers held up the First State Bank of Fountain City this morning and eluded bank employees who chased them in a car south on Wisconsin 35. Roadblocks have been set up in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
• Marvin Benike of Lewiston has been named the 1967 buttermaking champion of the Minnesota State Fair. He is employed by the Lewiston Co-op Creamery Association.
1942 – 75 years ago
• Olmsted County residents can buy a Red Cross kit bag for men in the armed forces – and enclose a card of greeting with it – all at a cost of $1.25.
• Thirty-seven volunteers joined Olmsted County’s enemy airplane spotting force. The spotters will go on duty should Olmsted county be declared an activated area by the military.
• War bond campaigns in Elmira and Orion townships will kick off today following a joint school of instruction for solicitors at the Elmira town hall.
1917 – 100 years ago
• The Rochester City Council approved the purchase of a car for Fire Chief William Cudmore.
• Gasoline and kerosene tanks in Rochester must now be placed beneath the ground when it was discovered that some of the large oil tanks in the railway yards have been leaking.
• The now celebrated chicken case has been decided. A citizen complained that the chickens his neighbor keeps are a health hazard. The city attorney investigated the matter and has said nothing can be done and the complainant must grin and bear it.
Ten years ago:
Teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan transformed the space shuttle Endeavour and space station into a classroom for her first educational session from orbit, fulfilling the legacy of Christa McAuliffe, who died in the Challenger disaster in 1986.
Five years ago: Vice President Joe Biden sparked a campaign commotion, telling an audience in southern Virginia that included hundreds of black voters that Republican Mitt Romney wanted to put them “back in chains” by deregulating Wall Street. (Biden later mocked Republican criticism over the remark while conceding he’d meant to use different words.) Ron Palillo, the actor best known as the nerdy high school student Arnold Horshack on the 1970s sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” died in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla, at age 63.
One year ago: At the Rio Olympics, U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte and three teammates reported being robbed at gunpoint; police later said the men were not robbed, and instead vandalized a gas station bathroom. (Lochte was charged with filing a false robbery report, but a Brazilian court dismissed the case.) Usain Bolt of Jamaica became the first person to win three straight Olympic 100-meter titles, blowing down the straightaway in 9.81 seconds. Actor Fyvush Finkel, 93, died in New York City.
Today’s birthdays: Broadway lyricist Lee Adams (“Bye Bye Birdie”) is 93. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Russell Baker is 92. College Football Hall of Famer John Brodie is 82. Singer Dash Crofts is 79. Rock singer David Crosby is 76. Country singer Connie Smith is 76. Comedian-actor Steve Martin is 72. Movie director Wim Wenders is 72. Actor Antonio Fargas is 71. Singer-musician Larry Graham is 71. Actress Susan Saint James is 71. Actor David Schramm is 71. Author Danielle Steel is 70. Rock singer-musician Terry Adams (NRBQ) is 69. “Far Side” cartoonist Gary Larson is 67. Actor Carl Lumbly is 66. Olympic gold medal swimmer Debbie Meyer is 65. Actress Jackee Harry is 61. Actress Marcia Gay Harden is 58. Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson is 58. Singer Sarah Brightman is 57. Actress Susan Olsen is 56. Actress-turned-fashion/interior designer Cristi Conaway is 53. Rock musician Keith Howland (Chicago) is 53. Actress Halle Berry is 51. Actor Ben Bass is 49. Actress Catherine Bell is 49. Country musician Cody McCarver (Confederate Railroad) is 49. Rock musician Kevin Cadogan is 47. Actor Scott Michael Campbell is 46. Actress Lalanya Masters is 45. Actor Christopher Gorham is 43. Actress Mila Kunis is 34. Actor Lamorne Morris is 34. TV personality Spencer Pratt is 34. NFL quarterback-turned-baseball player Tim Tebow is 30.