Local History

50 years ago: After almost four years in Luxembourg, Germany, John Schwab, a former Comfrey man, returned to the United States to visit his mother.

10 years ago: Charles Schmitz, a retired New Ulm Public Utilities employee, filed as a candidate for the New Ulm City Council at-large post.

5 years ago: The Harkin Store held a small carnival on its grounds to provide fun for children and adults seeking a bit of knowledge about history.

One year ago: Brown County District Court Judge Robert A. Docherty appointed Mary Ann Wonn as a new Probation Officer for Brown County.

And elsewhere…

Today is Sunday, July 8, the 189th day of 2018. There are 176 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight:

On July 8, 1776, Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, outside the State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia.

On this date:

In 1663, King Charles II of England granted a Royal Charter to Rhode Island.

In 1889, The Wall Street Journal was first published.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson received a tumultuous welcome in New York City after his return from the Versailles Peace Conference in France.

In 1947, a New Mexico newspaper, the Roswell Daily Record, quoted officials at Roswell Army Air Field as saying they had recovered a “flying saucer” that crashed onto a ranch; officials then said it was actually a weather balloon. (To this day, there are those who believe what fell to Earth was an alien spaceship carrying extra-terrestrial beings.)

In 1950, President Harry S. Truman named Gen. Douglas MacArthur commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea. (Truman ended up sacking MacArthur for insubordination nine months later.)

In 1965, Canadian Pacific Air Lines Flight 21, a Douglas DC-6B, crashed in British Columbia after the tail separated from the fuselage; all 52 people on board were killed in what authorities said was the result of an apparent bombing.

In 1986, Kurt Waldheim was inaugurated as president of Austria despite controversy over his alleged ties to Nazi war crimes.

Ten years ago: A bipartisan group chaired by former secretaries of state James Baker III and Warren Christopher released a study saying the next time the president goes to war Congress should be consulted and vote on whether it agrees.

Five years ago: Breaking their public silence, three women who’d been held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade issued a YouTube video; in it, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight thanked the public for the encouragement and financial support allowing them to restart their lives.

One year ago: At the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, world powers lined up against President Donald Trump on climate change, reaffirming their support for international efforts to fight global warming.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer Steve Lawrence is 83. Actor Jeffrey Tambor is 74. Actress Kim Darby is 71. Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck is 69. Actress Anjelica Huston is 67. Actor Kevin Bacon is 60. Country singer Toby Keith is 57. Actor Billy Crudup is 50. Actor Michael Weatherly is 50. Singer Beck is 48. Actress Kathleen Robertson is 45. Christian rock musician Stephen Mason (Jars of Clay) is 43. Actor Milo Ventimiglia is 41. Rock musician Tavis Werts is 41. Singer Ben Jelen (YEL’-in) is 39. Actor Lance Gross is 37. Actress Sophia Bush is 36. Rock musician Jamie Cook (Arctic Monkeys) is 33. Actor Jake McDorman is 32. Actress Maya Hawke is 20. Actor Jaden Smith is 20.

Thought for Today: “America is not just a power, it is a promise.” — Nelson A. Rockefeller, American politician and businessman (born this date in 1908, died 1979).