Day in History: 1994 task force report portrays schools as increasingly violent

January 28, 2019

1994 – 25 years ago

• IBM reported its first quarterly profit since the summer of 1992. The world’s largest computer maker has been making big changes to its structure and procedures.

• Portraying schools as increasingly violent, a legislative task force said that school officials need help to regain control of classrooms. In the report it indicated young people today are more prone to fights, violence and are angrier. Some students are bringing dangerous weapons to school.

1969 – 50 years ago

• Ol’ Man Weather lowered the boom on high school sports, causing postponement of 25 of 27 prep basketball games and 16 wrestling meets in Southeast Minnesota.

• Hunt’s Silver Lake Drug is having a remodeling sale. Ladies nylons are 25 cents a pair, a box of matches is 11 cents, Lifesavers are 19 cents a package and Prell Shampoo is 79 cents a bottle.

1944 – 75 years ago

• Coats came off as temperatures reached an all-time high of 58 degrees for this date. Windows were opened and all enjoyed the warm January day.

• Civilian defense leaders from eight counties attended a meeting at the Rochester City Hall. Issues discussed included promoting civilian cooperation, reports on food, health, salvage and youth problems.

1919 – 100 years ago

• Capt. Wright of Company C has received notification that the regular Army Enfield rifles along with 45 automatic Colts will be given to all guard members.

• A beautiful, warmer than normal sunny day brought hundreds of persons out in Rochester for automobile rides or long walks. A number of people also went fishing.

From news services

Ten years ago: Timothy Geithner was sworn in as the nation’s 75th treasury secretary, less than an hour after winning Senate confirmation. The impeachment trial of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich opened in Springfield, with Blagojevich refusing to take part, saying the rules were biased against him. Nadya Suleman gave birth at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center in California to six boys and two girls, the world’s longest-surviving set of octuplets.

Five years ago

A brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman’s body was removed from life support as the hospital keeping Marlise Munoz on machines against her family’s wishes acceded to a judge’s ruling that it was misapplying state law. Stan Wawrinka held off an injured Rafael Nadal to win his first Grand Slam title with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory in the Australian Open final. At the Grammy Awards, Daft Punk won album of the year for “Random Access Memories,” while record of the year went to Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers for “Get Lucky.”

One year ago

President Donald Trump told an annual gathering of political and business elites in Switzerland that economic growth in the U.S. under his “America first” agenda could benefit the globe. A jury in suburban New Orleans found Ronald Gasser guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of NFL running back Joe McKnight in a December 2016 road-rage confrontation. (Gasser, 56, was later sentenced to 30 years in prison.) Michigan State University Athletic Director Mark Hollis retired, two days after the university’s president resigned over the school’s handling of sexual abuse allegations against disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar. A fire raced through a small South Korean hospital with no sprinkler system, killing 37 people.

Today’s birthdays

Cartoonist Jules Feiffer is 90. Sportscaster-actor Bob Uecker is 84. Actor Scott Glenn is 80. Singer Jean Knight is 76. Activist Angela Davis is 75. Actor Richard Portnow is 72. Rock musician Corky Laing (Mountain) is 71. Actor David Strathairn is 70. Producer-director Mimi Leder is 67. Alt-country singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is 66. Rock singer-musician Eddie Van Halen is 64. Reggae musician Norman Hassan (UB40) is 61. Actress-comedian-talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is 61. Rock musician Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows) is 59. Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky is 58. Musician Andrew Ridgeley is 56. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jazzie B. (Soul II Soul) is 56. Actor Paul Johansson is 55. Director Lenny Abrahamson is 53. Actor Bryan Callen is 52. Gospel singer Kirk Franklin is 49. Actor Nate Mooney is 47. Actress Jennifer Crystal is 46. Rock musician Chris Hesse (Hoobastank) is 45. Actor Gilles Marini is 43. Gospel singer Tye Tribbett is 43. NBA player Vince Carter is 42. Actress Sarah Rue is 41. Actor Colin O’Donoghue is 38. Country musician Michael Martin (Marshall Dyllon) is 36.