Local History

50 years ago: The National Safety Council presented its top award to the 3M Company for setting an all time industrial safety record in the state of Minnesota.

10 years ago: Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth received a donation of $1,000 from 3M for its summer theatre program Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre.

5 years ago: Stone Soup chef-owner Jeff Dahms opened Stone Soup at 512 First North Street, downtown New Ulm.

One year ago: Sioux Trails Mental Health Clinic (STMHC) expanded its telemental health program to allow therapy clients to communicate with their therapists via video-chat.

And elsewhere…

Today is Sunday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2018. There are 134 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight:

On August 19, 2004, Google began trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market, ending the day up $15.34 at $100.34.

On this date:

In A.D. 14, Caesar Augustus, Rome’s first emperor, died at age 76 after a reign lasting four decades; he was succeeded by his stepson Tiberius.

In 1812, the USS Constitution defeated the British frigate HMS Guerriere off Nova Scotia during the War of 1812, earning the nickname “Old Ironsides.”

In 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces landed at Benedict, Maryland, with the objective of capturing Washington D.C.

In 1909, the first automobile races were run at the just-opened Indianapolis Motor Speedway; the winner of the first event was auto engineer Louis Schwitzer, who drove a Stoddard-Dayton touring car twice around the 2.5-mile track at an average speed of 57.4 mph.

In 1934, a plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler.

In 1936, the first of a series of show trials orchestrated by Soviet leader Josef Stalin began in Moscow as 16 defendants faced charges of conspiring against the government (all were convicted and executed).

In 1951, the owner of the St. Louis Browns, Bill Veeck, sent in Eddie Gaedel, a 3-foot-7 player with dwarfism, to pinch-hit in a game against Detroit. (In his only major league at-bat, Gaedel walked on four pitches and was replaced at first base by a pinch-runner.)

In 1980, 301 people aboard a Saudi Arabian L-1011 died as the jetliner made a fiery emergency return to the Riyadh airport.

In 1987, a gun collector ran through Hungerford, England, 60 miles west of London, killing 16 people, including his mother, before turning his gun on himself.

In 2003, a suicide truck bomb struck U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, killing 22, including the top U.N. envoy, Sergio Vieira de Mello. A suicide bombing of a bus in Jerusalem killed 22 people.

Five years ago: Olympian runner Oscar Pistorius was indicted in Pretoria, South Africa, on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his home on Valentine’s Day 2013.

One year ago: Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans and denouncing white nationalism upstaged a small group of conservatives in Boston who had gathered for a “free speech rally.”

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Debra Paget is 85. Rock musician Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith) is 79. Singer Johnny Nash is 78. Actress Jill St. John is 78. Singer Billy J. Kramer is 75. Former President Bill Clinton is 72. Actor Gerald McRaney is 71. Actor-director Jonathan Frakes is 66. Actor Peter Gallagher is 63. Actor Adam Arkin is 62. Actor John Stamos is 55. Actress Kyra Sedgwick is 53. Actor Matthew Perry is 49. Actor Callum Blue is 41. Actor J. Evan Bonifant is 33. Rapper Romeo is 29. Actor Ethan Cutkosky is 19.

Thought for Today: “Well done is quickly done.” — Caesar Augustus, Roman emperor (63 B.C.-A.D. 14).