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Day in History: Infant left on Northwestern train

February 19, 2018 GMT

1993 – 25 years ago

• Former first lady Barbara Bush is expected to be named to the Mayo Board of Trustees during the board’s annual meeting in Jacksonville, Fla.

• The city of Rochester expects to break ground on the $1.5 million civic center skyway about Oct. 1 and the plan is to open the skyway in April of 1994. The new skyway will link the civic center to a new 500-space parking ramp that will be built on the north end of the Statuary Lot. The skyway will also eventually connect to the new library.

• Gov. Arne Carlson announced the appointment of Debra Jacobson to the bench in southeastern Minnesota’s 3rd Judicial District. Jacobson has been an assistant Olmsted County attorney since 1981.

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1968 – 50 years ago

• Minnesota Vikings defensive captain Jim Marshall and backfield coach Bus Mertes will be the featured guests at the Rochester Quarterback Club Monday noon meeting at Michael’s Restaurant. They will show the 1967 Minnesota Vikings highlight film.

• There will be a heart fund benefit dance at the Mazeppa Nite Club. The music will be provided by Sandy’s Polka Playmates.

1943 – 75 years ago

• The Rochester Post Bulletin was announced as the first place winner in the Island Daily Press association’s fourth annual typographical contest for papers of between 10,000 and 25,000 circulation. Howard Blakely attended the meeting in Chicago to accept the trophy.

1918 – 100 years ago

• When the Northwestern train pulled out of Mankato an important passenger was left behind. A woman who got off the train to have some lunch was unable to get back on the train as it pulled out of the station. The frantic woman had left her baby on the train. She took a train to Tracy the next morning to rejoin her child. The conductor acted as a nurse to the infant until reunited with mom.

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Ten years ago: President George W. Bush rejected proposed Democratic changes to his prized AIDS relief program, issuing a challenge to Congress from Tanzania to “stop the squabbling” and renew it as is. (Bush signed a compromise version into law in July 2008.) Kosovo declared itself a nation in defiance of Serbia and Russia. Ryan Newman snapped an 81-race winless streak, giving car owner Roger Penske his first Daytona 500 victory. The East beat the Western Conference 134-128 in the NBA All-Star Game played in New Orleans.

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Five years ago: Danica Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any Sprint Cup race. (Patrick covered the 2½-mile Superspeedway in 45.817 seconds, averaging 196.434 mph. A week later, Jimmie Johnson won the race, while Patrick finished eighth.) The Western Conference beat the East 143-138 in the NBA All-Star game played in Houston. Mindy McCready, 37, who’d hit the top of U.S. country music charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died by her own hand in Heber Springs, Arkansas.

One year ago: Over the strong objections of environmental groups, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency; Pruitt was sworn in later in the day by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. Making his debut on the world stage, Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Germany, looking to reassure skeptical allies in Europe about U.S. foreign policy under President Donald Trump, who had made his “America First” mantra a centerpiece of his new administration.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Hal Holbrook is 93. Actor-comedian Barry Humphries (aka “Dame Edna”) is 84. Country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush is 83. Actress Christina Pickles is 83. Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown is 82. Actress Brenda Fricker is 73. Actress Becky Ann Baker is 65. Actress Rene Russo is 64. Actor Richard Karn is 62. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 56. Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan is 55. Actor-comedian Larry, the Cable Guy is 55. TV personality Rene Syler is 55. Movie director Michael Bay is 54. Singer Chante Moore is 51. Rock musician Timothy J. Mahoney (311) is 48. Actor Dominic Purcell is 48. Olympic gold and silver medal skier Tommy Moe is 48. Actress Denise Richards is 47. Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) is 46. Rock musician Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) is 46. Actor Jerry O’Connell is 44. Country singer Bryan White is 44. Actress Kelly Carlson is 42. Actor Ashton Holmes is 40. Actor Conrad Ricamora is 39. Actor Jason Ritter is 38. TV personality Paris Hilton is 37. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 37. TV host Daphne Oz is 32. Actor Chord Overstreet is 29. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is 27. Actress Meaghan Martin is 26. Actress Sasha Pieterse is 22.

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