Local History

10 years ago: The New Ulm girls basketball team finished third at the Mankato Loyola Crusader Classic with a 86-69 win over Loyola.

5 years ago: The Cathedral High School Class of 2012 won the 26th annual Cathedral High School Alumni Christmas Basketball Tournament by defeating the Classes of 2004-2005 by a score of 62-46 in the championship game.

One year ago: Brown County Rural Electrical Association’s (REA) Board of Directors announced that Michael Heidemann has been selected as the new CEO.

Today in History

Today is Saturday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2017. There is one day left in the year.

Today’s Highlight:

On Dec. 30, 1922, Vladimir Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which lasted nearly seven decades before dissolving in December 1991.

On this date:

In 1853, the United States and Mexico signed a treaty under which the U.S. agreed to buy some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico for $10 million in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.

In 1916, Grigory Rasputin, the so-called “Mad Monk” who wielded considerable influence with Czar Nicholas II, was killed by a group of Russian noblemen in St. Petersburg.

In 1936, the United Auto Workers union staged its first “sit-down” strike at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant No. 1 in Flint, Michigan. (The strike lasted until Feb. 11, 1937.)

In 1947, King Michael I of Romania agreed to abdicate, but charged he was being forced off the throne by Communists.

In 1954, Olympic gold medal runner Malvin G. Whitfield became the first black recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award for amateur athletes.

In 1989, a Northwest Airlines DC-10, which had been the target of a telephoned threat, flew safely from Paris to Detroit with 22 passengers amid extra-tight security.

In 1997, a deadly massacre in Algeria’s insurgency began in four mountain villages as armed men killed women and children in an attack that lasted from dusk until dawn the following morning; up to 412 deaths were reported.

In 1999, former Beatle George Harrison fought off a knife-wielding intruder who’d broken into his mansion west of London and stabbed him in the chest. (The attacker was later acquitted of attempted murder by reason of insanity.)

Five years ago: Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders in Connecticut as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama pledged on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to put his “full weight” behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

One year ago: Two luxury retreats in New York and Maryland where Russian diplomats had gone for decades to play tennis, sail and swim were shut down by the Obama administration in retaliation for Moscow’s cyber-meddling in the presidential election.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Russ Tamblyn is 83. Baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax is 82. Folk singer Noel Paul Stookey is 80. Singer-musician Michael Nesmith is 75. Singer Patti Smith is 71. TV personality Meredith Vieira is 64. Former “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer is 60. Actress-comedian Tracey Ullman is 58. Radio-TV commentator Sean Hannity is 56. Golfer Tiger Woods is 42. TV personality-boxer Laila Ali is 40. Actress Eliza Dushku is 37. Actress Kristin Kreuk is 35. NBA player LeBron James is 33. RPop-rock singer Ellie Goulding is 31. Actress Caity Lotz is 31. Pop-rock musician Jamie Follese (Hot Chelle Rae) is 26.

Thought for Today: “Work is a dull thing; you cannot get away from that. The only agreeable existence is one of idleness, and that is not, unfortunately, always compatible with continuing to exist at all.” — Rose Macaulay, English poet and essayist (1881-1958).

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