Local History

50 years ago: Sister M. Lucida became the new principal and seventh and eighth grade teacher at St. Paul’s Catholic School.

10 years ago: Mike Brehmer joined the New Ulm Police Department as a patrol officer.

5 years ago: The civilian victims in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 received special honors from the Junior Pioneers of New Ulm and the Brown County Historical Society at the New Ulm City Cemetery.

One year ago: Corinne Marz, a Dr. Martin Luther College graduate, author and retired 3M research analyst presented a number of unique aspects of the U.S.-Dakota War at the Brown County Historical Society Annex.

And elsewhere…

Today is Sunday, Aug. 26, the 238th day of 2018. There are 127 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight:

On August 26, 1957, the Soviet Union announced it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.

On this date:

In 55 B.C., Roman forces under Julius Caesar invaded Britain, with only limited success.

In 1883, the island volcano Krakatoa began cataclysmic eruptions, leading to a massive explosion the following day.

In 1910, Thomas Edison demonstrated for reporters an improved version of his Kinetophone, a device for showing a movie with synchronized sound.

In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women’s right to vote, was certified in effect by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.

In 1944, French Gen. Charles de Gaulle braved the threat of German snipers as he led a victory march in Paris, which had just been liberated by the Allies from Nazi occupation.

In 1958, Alaskans went to the polls to overwhelmingly vote in favor of statehood.

In 1968, the Democratic National Convention opened in Chicago; the four-day event that resulted in the nomination of Hubert H. Humphrey for president was marked by a bloody police crackdown on antiwar protesters in the streets.

In 1978, Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice was elected pope following the death of Paul VI; the new pontiff took the name Pope John Paul I. (However, he died just over a month later.)

In 2015, Alison Parker, a reporter for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, and her cameraman, Adam Ward, were shot to death during a live broadcast by a disgruntled former station employee who fatally shot himself while being pursued by police.

Ten years ago: Hillary Rodham Clinton closed the book on her 2008 presidential bid by telling the Democratic National Convention in Denver the election wasn’t about her and declaring herself a “proud supporter of Barack Obama.”

Today’s Birthdays: Jazz musician Branford Marsalis is 58. Rock musician Adrian Young (No Doubt) is 49. Actress Melissa McCarthy is 48. Latin pop singer Thalia is 47. Actress Meredith Eaton is 44. Rock singer-musician Tyler Connolly (Theory of a Deadman) is 43. Actor Mike Colter is 42. Actor Macaulay Culkin is 38. Actor Chris Pine is 38. Actor Johnny Ray Gill is 34. Country singer Brian Kelley (Florida Georgia Line) is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Cassie (AKA Cassie Ventura) is 32. Actor Evan Ross is 30. Actress Danielle Savre is 30. Actor Dylan O’Brien is 27. Actress Keke Palmer is 25.

Thought for Today: “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” — Mother Teresa (born this date in 1910, died 1997).