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Day in History: 1919: Crusade is on against crow

April 14, 2019 GMT

1994 – 25 years ago

• The Rochester Honkers have signed left-handed pitcher James Kammerer from the University of Southern Mississippi. Kammerer formerly starred for Winona High School.

1969 – 50 years ago

• Medical facilities in the Rochester State Hospital have recently been updated in a $260,000 remodeling project. The modernized operating rooms and new recovery rooms are expected to handle about 800 operations annually.

• Mary Kahler Hench, daughter of John H. Kahler, founder of Kahler Corp., and widow of Dr. P. S. Hench, was elected as honorary member of the Kahler Corp. board of directors.

1944 – 75 years ago

• Rochester public schools have created a department of educational accounting. Miss Belva Snodgrass will be the first director of the new department. The chief duties will be to coordinate all information relative to pupil records, supervise testing and provide material to assist teachers in their work.

• Harry Tompkins, Rochester chief of police, will be among the 38 law enforcement officers graduating from the 24th session of the FBI national police academy in Washington.

• Miss Virginia Crawford, of Hayfield, has been advanced to the position of first chair solo cornet in the band at the University of Minnesota. This is the first time in the history of the University band that a female cornetist has held this position.

1919 – 100 years ago

• A crusade is on against the crow. The old black pest is one of a farmer’s worst enemies. Martin County game, fish and protective league has offered a bounty of 10 cents for every crow killed.

• Sealed bids for the exclusive privilege of sale of popcorn and peanuts at Mayo Park for the season of 1919 will be received up to April 16, 1919.

• This will be a week of big revival meetings at the M. E. Church in Rochester. The pastor and congregation invite the public to attend the Passion Week services.

From news services

Ten years ago

The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea’s April 5 rocket launch. President Barack Obama allowed Americans to make unlimited transfers of money and visits to relatives in Cuba. Music producer Phil Spector was found guilty by a Los Angeles jury of second-degree murder in the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson (he was later sentenced to 19 years to life in prison). Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych died in an accident on his Massachusetts farm; he was 54. Harry Kalas, whose “Outta here!” home run calls thrilled Philadelphia baseball fans, died after collapsing in the broadcast booth before the Phillies’ 9-8 victory over the Nationals in Washington; he was 73.

Five years ago

The head of the United Nations’ expert panel on climate change said the cost of keeping global warming in check was “relatively modest,” but only if the world acted quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere. Three people were shot to death at two sites in suburban Kansas City; suspect Frazier Glenn Miller, a white supremacist, was allegedly targeting Jews (none of the victims was Jewish). Thirty-six people were killed when a bus slammed into a broken-down truck in Veracruz, Mexico. Bubba Watson won the Masters for the second time in three years.

One year ago

President Donald Trump announced that the United States, France and Britain had carried out joint airstrikes in Syria meant to punish President Bashar Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons. Trump issued a pardon to I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, suggesting that the former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney had been “treated unfairly” by a special counsel. Responding to a stinging new memoir from former FBI Director James Comey, Trump laced into Comey, describing him as an “untruthful slime ball.” As thousands of teachers rallied inside and outside the state Capitol, the Republican-dominated Kentucky state legislature overrode vetoes by GOP Gov. Matt Bevin on a spending plan that included new money for education.

Today’s birthdays

Former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., is 86. Actor Lyle Waggoner is 84. Actor Edward Fox is 82. Actor Paul Sorvino is 80. Rhythm-and-blues singer Lester Chambers is 79. Movie-TV composer Bill Conti is 77. Rock musician Jack Casady is 75. Actor Tony Dow is 74. Singer Al Green is 73. Actor Ron Perlman is 69. Actor William Sadler is 69. Singer Peabo Bryson is 68. Bandleader/rock musician Max Weinberg is 68. Bluegrass singer-musician Sam Bush is 67. Rock musician Jimmy Destri is 65. Comedian Gary Kroeger is 62. Actress Saundra Santiago is 62. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa., is 59. Rock musician Joey Mazzola (Sponge) is 58. Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov is 56. Actress Page Hannah is 55. Actress-comedian Caroline Rhea is 55. Rock musician Lisa Umbarger is 54. Rock musician Marc Ford is 53. Reggae singer Capleton is 52. Actor Ricky Schroder is 49. Rock singer Aaron Lewis (Staind) is 47. Actor Bokeem Woodbine is 46. Singer Lou Bega is 44. Actor-producer Glenn Howerton is 43. Actor Kyle Howard is 41. Actress Kelli Giddish is 39. Actress Courtney Peldon is 38. Pop singer Nellie McKay is 37. Rapper/singer Ty Dolla $ign is 37. Baseball outfielder Hunter Pence is 36. Actress Allison Williams is 31. Actress Hannah Marks is 26.