Local History

50 years ago: E. A. Gilbert, of Schell, Mo., was announced to be the new principal of Madelia Public Schools.

5 years ago: A historical marker was dedicated in Milford Township at the eastern boundary of the Dakota Reservation established in 1853 by treaties between the U.S. government and the Dakota people.

One year ago: The Minneapolis Heart Institute and the Heart of New Ulm announced a new study of treatment for adults living with type 2 diabetes, to see if better education and phone counseling can lead to better health outcomes.

And elsewhere…

Today is Sunday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2017. There are 133 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight:

On August 20, 1977, the United States launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch, gold-plated copper phonograph record containing images, greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature. (The probe is now more than 10 billion miles away from earth; a more precise, continually updated figure can be found online at https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/voyager/mission/status/ .)

On this date:

In 1866, more than a year after the end of fighting in the Civil War, President Andrew Johnson issued Proclamation 157, which declared that “peace, order, tranquillity, and civil authority now exist in and throughout the whole of the United States of America.”

In 1882, Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” had its premiere in Moscow.

In 1914, German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I.

In 1940, during World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill paid tribute to the Royal Air Force before the House of Commons, saying, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

In 1953, the Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested a hydrogen bomb.

In 1968, the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations began invading Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring” liberalization drive.

Today’s Birthdays: Boxing promoter Don King is 86. Broadcast journalist Connie Chung is 71. Rock singer Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) is 69. Country singer Rudy Gatlin is 65. TV weatherman Al Roker is 63. Actress Joan Allen is 61. Rock singer Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) is 47. Actor Jonathan Ke Quan is 47. Rock musician Brad Avery is 46. Actor Ben Barnes is 36. Actress Meghan Ory is 35. Actor Andrew Garfield is 34. Actor Brant Daugherty is 32. Actress-singer Demi Lovato is 25.

Thought for Today: “You know you’re old when your walker has an airbag.” — Phyllis Diller (1917-2012).