Saturday, November 10, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 10

November 10, 1975 — “The Edmund Fitzgerald, en route from Duluth to the steel mill on Zug Island, near Detroit, Mich., with a full cargo of taconite, sinks during a massive winter storm on Lake Superior. All 29 aboard are lost.”

Edmund Fitzgerald

Thank you Gordon Lightfoot for forever reminding us of this tragedy.

Friday, November 9, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 9

November 9, 2002 – Josh “Guimond was last seen leaving [St. John’s University‘s] Metten Court [in Collegeville, Minn.] about midnight [on this date]. There were no witnesses or evidence at the scene, leaving his disappearance a mystery. Guimond was 20 at the time of his disappearance.”

Thursday, November 8, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 8

November 8, 1898 – “The ten year old son of Olof Ohman, who was farming two and half miles northeast of Kensington, found strange markings on a slab of rock that had just been pried out of the ground. The son, Edward, called his father's attention to the stone,” now known as the Kensington Rune Stone.

Nine years later Hjalmer R. Holand, a University of Wisconsin graduate student with a major in history, translated the stone and found it to read,"8 Goths and 22 Norweigans on exploration journey from Vinland over the west. We camp by 2 skerries one day-journey from this stone. We were and fished one day. After we came home, 10 men red with blood and tourtured. Hail Virgin Mary, save from evil. Have 10 men by the sea to look after our ship, 14 day -journeys from this island year 1362."

Kensington Rune Stone

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 7

November 7, 1991 – Former Boston Celtic basketball player Kevin McHale, who grew up in Hibbing, Minn., appeared on Season 10, Episode 8 of Cheers.  “The gang feels responsible when the Celtics' Kevin McHale goes into a slump after becoming obsessed with the number of bolts in the floor of Boston Garden.”

Kevin McHale


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 6

November 6, 1962 – The 1962 Minn. state election was not only the first four-year-term election for Minnesota governor, it was also one of the closest statewide races in Minnesota history.

The election was held on this date, but the results were not known until March 21, 1963. After recounts and court challenges, it was determined that then-Lieutenant Governor Karl Rolvaag-DFL, had defeated Governor Elmer L. Andersen-GOP by 91 votes out of nearly 1.3 million cast. Rolvaag collected 619,842 votes to Andersen's 619,751. At that time Minn. governors and lt. governors were elected on separate ballots, which explains why the incumbent Governor was a Republican while the Lt. Governor was a Democrat.,_1962

Monday, November 5, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 5

November 5, 1982 – Eleven-month-old Jamie Fiske received a liver transplant at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. “The donated liver came from a brain-dead baby in Utah. Timing for the surgery was so critical that Jamie’s operation started while the liver was still airborne. Dr. John Najarian headed the team that performed the six-hour operation.”1 Today Jamie is the “world’s longest-living pediatric liver recipient. Her positive outcome helped establish a national computer system to match donors to recipients.”2

1Minneapolis Star and Tribune; ”New Hope for Jamie…11-month-old gets liver transplant at ‘U’ Hospitals”; November 6,1982; p. 1.


Najarian walks with one of his most famous patients, Jamie Fiske. Now a young woman, Fiske is the world’s longest-living liver recipient.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 4

November 4, 1913Born Byron Elsworth Barr in St. Cloud, Minn., on this date, actor “Gig Young won an Academy Award for his performance as a slimy dance-marathon emcee in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?”1  “He took the name ‘Gig Young’ from the character he played in ‘The Gay Sisters.’ His films include ‘Game of Death,’ ‘Young at Heart,’ ‘The Hindenburg,’ ‘The Elite Killer,’ and [‘The Desk Set’ with Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy]. His work on television includes ‘The Rogues.’ He shot and killed his fifth wife, German actress Kim Schmidt, after 3 weeks of marriage, then committed suicide.”2