Local History

50 years ago: Leroy Schmidt won the champion purple ribbon with his cow in the reserve dairy division at the Redwood County Fair.

10 years ago: Derek Shaver joined the Bank Midwest Wealth Management Team in New Ulm.

5 years ago: Jay and Roger Rogotzke of Sleepy Eye were part of an effort to aid and salvage an overturned fishing vessel near the mouth of Igushik River, near Dillingham.

One year ago: The Eagles Unified Booster Club became the primary way to give money to most extracurricular activities in District 88.

And elsewhere…

Today is Saturday, Aug. 4, the 216th day of 2018. There are 149 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight:

On August 4, 1944, 15-year-old diarist Anne Frank was arrested with her sister, parents and four others by the Gestapo after hiding for two years inside a building in Amsterdam. (Anne and her sister, Margot, died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.)

On this date:

In 1735, a jury found John Peter Zenger of the New York Weekly Journal not guilty of committing seditious libel against the colonial governor of New York, William Cosby.

In 1790, the U.S. Coast Guard had its beginnings as President George Washington signed a measure authorizing a group of revenue cutters to enforce tariff and trade laws and prevent smuggling.

In 1892, businessman Andrew Borden and his wife, Abby, were axed to death in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie Borden, Andrew’s daughter from a previous marriage, was accused of the killings, but acquitted at trial.

In 1914, Britain declared war on Germany for invading Belgium; the United States proclaimed its neutrality in the mushrooming world conflict.

In 1936, Jesse Owens of the U.S. won the second of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics as he prevailed in the long jump over German Luz Long, who was the first to congratulate him.

In 1964, the bodies of missing civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney were found buried in an earthen dam in Mississippi.

In 1987, the Federal Communications Commission voted 4-0 to abolish the Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and television stations to present balanced coverage of controversial issues.

In 2009, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il pardoned American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee for entering the country illegally and ordered their release during a surprise visit by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

One year ago: Former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli, who became notorious for a price-gouging scandal, was convicted on federal charges that he deceived investors in a pair of failed hedge funds. (Shkreli was sentenced months later to seven years in prison.)

Today’s Birthdays: Actor-comedian Richard Belzer is 74. Football Hall of Famer John Riggins is 69. Actor-screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton is 63. Hall of Fame track star Mary Decker Slaney is 60. Former President Barack Obama is 57. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Roger Clemens is 56. Actor Daniel Dae Kim is 50. Race car driver Jeff Gordon is 47. Country singer Jon Nicholson is 45. Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, the former actress Meghan Markle, is 37. Actress Abigail Spencer is 37. Actress Greta Gerwig is 35. Rock singer Tom Parker (The Wanted) is 30. Actors Dylan and Cole Sprouse are 26. Singer Jessica Sanchez (TV: “American Idol”) is 23.

Thought for Today: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank (1929-1945).