Local History

50 years ago: Airman Lloyd H. Hoffmann graduated wth honors at Sheppard AFB, Tex., from the training course for U. S. Air Force medical specialist.

10 years ago: New Ulm Mayor Joel Albrecht along with Park and Recreation Director Tom Schmitz and Park And Rec Commissioner Michelle Gag held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground equipment at Riverside Park.

5 years ago: New Ulm High School Activities Director Chad Eischens filled two vacant head coaching positions with the hiring of Dan Reinhart as the girls’ basketball coach and Kristen Faber as the girls’ hockey coach.

One year ago: German Park held the annual summer Day of Play which included games and a movie in the park.

And elsewhere…

Today is Saturday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2018. There are 135 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight:

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing all American women’s right to vote, was ratified as Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it.

On this date:

In 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born in present-day America, on what is now Roanoke Island in North Carolina. (However, the Roanoke colony ended up mysteriously disappearing.)

In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued his Proclamation of Neutrality, aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I.

In 1954, during the Eisenhower administration, Assistant Secretary of Labor James Ernest Wilkins became the first black official to attend a meeting of the president’s Cabinet as he sat in for Labor Secretary James P. Mitchell.

In 1963, James Meredith became the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, New York, wound to a close after three nights with a mid-morning set by Jimi Hendrix.

In 1983, Hurricane Alicia slammed into the Texas coast, leaving 21 dead and causing more than a billion dollars’ worth of damage.

In 1993, a judge in Sarasota, Fla., ruled that Kimberly Mays, the 14-year-old girl who had been switched at birth with another baby, need never again see her biological parents, Ernest and Regina Twigg, in accordance with her stated wishes. (However, Kimberly later moved in with the Twiggs.)

Ten years ago: Pervez Musharraf resigned as the president of Pakistan.

Five years ago: Usain Bolt won his third gold medal of the world championships held in Moscow, anchoring Jamaica to victory in the 4 x 100-meter relay.

One year ago: Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s top White House strategist, was forced out of his post by Trump; Bannon returned immediately as executive chairman to Breitbart News, which he led before joining Trump’s campaign.

Today’s Birthdays: Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is 91. Olympic gold medal decathlete Rafer Johnson is 83. Actor-director Robert Redford is 82. Actor-comedian Martin Mull is 75. Actor Denis Leary is 61. ABC News reporter Bob Woodruff is 57. Actor Christian Slater is 49. Actor Edward Norton is 49. Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 48. Actress Kaitlin Olson is 43. Rock musician Dirk Lance is 42. Actor-comedian Andy Samberg is 40. Country musician Brad Tursi (Old Dominion) is 39. Actress Mika Boorem is 31. Actress Maia Mitchell is 25. Actress Parker McKenna Posey is 23.

Thought for Today: “Memory is more indelible than ink.” — Anita Loos (1888-1981).