50 years ago: Erland Carlson of Mankato won the Area 24, District 6, speech contest conducted by the Toastmasters Club.
10 years ago: After 20 years, the chief justice in Minnesota’s highest court, Russell Anderson, announced he would step down because of his age and concerns about his wife’s health.
5 years ago: Ted Ornas was hired as business development manager for MRCI WorkSouce.
One year ago: At The Grand’s 4 Pillars Gallery, 116 pieces from 72 artists who are 12 years old or younger were on display for the opening reception of the Kiddo Show.
Today in History
By The Associated Press
Today in History
Today is Sunday, March 11, the 70th day of 2018. There are 295 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 11, 1918, what are believed to be the first confirmed U.S. cases of a deadly global flu pandemic were reported among U.S. Army soldiers stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas; 46 would die. (The worldwide outbreak of influenza claimed an estimated 20 to 40 million lives.)
On this date:
In 1513, Giovanni de’ Medici was proclaimed pope, succeeding Julius II; he took the name Leo X.
In 1810, French Emperor Napoleon I was married by proxy in Vienna to Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria.
In 1888, the Blizzard of ’88, also known as the “Great White Hurricane,” began inundating the northeastern United States, resulting in some 400 deaths.
In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis.
In 1957, Charles Van Doren’s 14-week run on the rigged NBC game show “Twenty-One” ended as he was “defeated” by attorney Vivienne Nearing; Van Doren’s take was $129,000.
In 1965, the Rev. James J. Reeb, a white minister from Boston, died two days after being beaten by whites during civil rights disturbances in Selma, Alabama.
In 1977, more than 130 hostages held in Washington, D.C. by Hanafi Muslims were freed after ambassadors from three Islamic nations joined the nego-
In 1985, Mikhail S. Gorbachev was chosen to succeed the late Konstantin U. Chernenko as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.
In 1993, Janet Reno was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to be U.S. attorney general.
In 2004, ten bombs exploded in quick succession across the commuter rail network in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 people in an attack linked to al-Qaida-inspired militants.
In 2011, a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami struck Japan’s northeastern coast, killing nearly 20,000 people and severely damaging the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station.
Five years ago: Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) was convicted of a raft of crimes, including racketeering conspiracy (he was later sentenced to 28 years in prison).
Today’s Birthdays: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is 87. Former ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson is 84. Singer Bobby McFerrin is 68. Movie director Jerry Zucker is 68. Singer Cheryl Lynn is 67. Singer Nina Hagen is 63. Actress Alex Kingston is 55. Singer Lisa Loeb is 50. Neo-soul musician Al Gamble (St. Paul & the Broken Bones) is 49. Singer Pete Droge is 49. Actor Terrence Howard is 49. Rock musician Rami Jaffee is 49. Actor Johnny Knoxville is 47. Rock singer-musicians Benji and Joel Madden (Good Charlotte; The Madden Brothers) are 39. Actor David Anders is 37. Singer LeToya is 37. Actress Thora Birch is 36. TV personality Melissa Rycroft is 35. Actor Rob Brown is 34.
Thought for Today: “Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.” — David McCullough, American historian.