Local History

50 years ago: The New Ulm City Council approved a special permit requested by the Skyline Corporation of Elkhart, Ind., to build a 64,000 square foot manufacturing plant at 2137 N. Broadway.

10 years ago: City property taxes increased 2.5 percent in 2009 after the Springfield City Council adopted its 2009 budget.

5 years ago: The New Ulm City Council and New Ulm Steel and Recycling held a debate on whether the city should order noise control measures for New Ulm Steel’s new industrial metal shredder.

1 year ago: Greg Borth of Fairfax won the miniature display contest at the New Ulm Toy Show.

And elsewhere…

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 4, the 247th day of 2018. There are 118 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight:

On Sept. 4, 1951, President Harry S. Truman addressed the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco in the first live, coast-to-coast television broadcast.

On this date:

In 1781, Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers under the leadership of Governor Felipe de Neve.

In 1917, the American Expeditionary Forces in France suffered their first fatalities during World War I when a German plane attacked a British-run base hospital in Camiers.

In 1944, during World War II, British troops liberated Antwerp, Belgium.

In 1957, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus used Arkansas National Guardsmen to prevent nine black students from entering all-white Central High School in Little Rock. Ford Motor Co. began selling its ill-fated Edsel.

In 1962, The Beatles, with their new drummer, Ringo Starr, recorded “Love Me Do” at EMI Studios in London. (The more familiar version with substitute drummer Andy White and Starr playing the tambourine was recorded a week later.)

In 1971, an Alaska Airlines jet crashed near Juneau, killing all 111 people on board.

In 1972, U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz won a seventh gold medal at the Munich Olympics in the 400-meter medley relay.

In 1987, a Soviet court convicted West German pilot Mathias Rust of charges stemming from his daring flight to Moscow’s Red Square, and sentenced him to four years in a labor camp. (Rust was released in August 1988.)

In 1998, Internet services company Google filed for incorporation in California.

In 1999, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed a breakthrough land-for-security agreement during a ceremony in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

In 2006, “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, 44, died after a stingray’s barb pierced his chest.

In 2014, comedian Joan Rivers died at a New York hospital at age 81, a week after going into cardiac arrest in a doctor’s office during a routine medical procedure.

One year ago: Texas emergency management officials said at least 60 deaths were attributed to Hurricane Harvey.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 87. Golf Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd is 76. Actress Jennifer Salt is 74. Golf Hall of Famer Tom Watson is 69. Rock musician Martin Chambers (The Pretenders) is 67. Actor-comedian Damon Wayans Sr. is 58. Actress Ione Skye is 48. Actor-singer James Monroe Iglehart is 44. Pop-rock singer-DJ-musician-producer Mark Ronson is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Richard Wingo (Jagged Edge) is 43. Rock musician Ian Grushka (New Found Glory) is 41. Actor Wes Bentley is 40. Actor Max Greenfield is 39. Singer Dan Miller (O Town) is 38. Singer Beyonce (bee-AHN’-say) Knowles is 37. Country singer-musician Tom Gossin (Gloriana) is 37. Actress-comedian Whitney Cummings is 36. Actor-comedian Kyle Mooney (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 34. Folk-rock musician Neyla Pekarek (The Lumineers) is 32. Pop-rock singer-songwriter James Bay is 28. Actor Carter Jenkins is 27. Actor Trevor Gagnon is 23.

Thought for Today: “This moment contains all moments.” — C.S. Lewis, British author (1898-1963).