Saturday, August 16, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 16

August 16, 1917 – Minneapolis hotel men have about-faced on the meatless day. It appears menus in this city will continue to herald the availability of beef au jus, chicken a la king, spring lamb with its attendant sauces, and all the other meat dishes that bloom just below the noodle soup on the hostelry menus.

This decision follows the enthusiastic proposal of the hotel men a fortnight ago, when they announced that future guests would be supping on spinach and fish thereafter on Tuesdays and Fridays. The various managements have unanimously reported that fat traveling men roared like wounded lions at the suggestion and that it couldn’t be done.

Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “No Meatless Days for Traveling Men; Demand Full Meals”; Aug. 16, 1917; p. 1.

Dining Room of the National Hotel, Minneapolis, Minn.

Friday, August 15, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 15

August 15, 1932 – Jim Lange, best known as the host of ABC’s “The Dating Game,” was born on this date in St. Paul, Minn. Lange attended and graduated from St. Thomas Academy and the University of Minnesota.

“The Dating Game” with Jim Lange ran from 1965 – 1980, and contestants included many future celebrities before they became famous, including:

- Arnold Schwarzenegger (1973)
- Suzanne Somers (1973)
- David Cassidy (1970)
- Farrah Fawcett (1969)
- Sally Field (1966)
- Tom Selleck (1965 and 1967)

Star Tribune; “Teenage dare led to radio, TV career”; Minneapolis, Minn.; February 28, 2014; p. B6.

 Jim Lange

Thursday, August 14, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 14

August 14, 1928 – Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne was named general supervisor of football at St. Thomas College, St. Paul, Minn., on this date by Very Rev. Matthew Schumacher, C. S. C., new president of the institution.
Under the new plan outlined by Father Schumacher, Mr. Rockne would have general supervisory authority over football activities at the college with Father Joseph Gibbs as athletic director. This position requires frequent visits by Coach Rockne to the St. Paul institution, both during the training period and playing season.

his was the first step taken by Father Schumacher to bring St. Thomas College athletics to the forefront and to make the institution one of the outstanding athletic centers in the northwest.1

Rockne was given the honorary title as St. Thomas’ “Supervisor of Athletics,” which he held until his death in 1931. On Rockne’s three-day trip to campus in 1928, he attended football practices and spoke to a packed room of journalists, students and faculty.2

1The Hibbing (Minn.) Daily Tribune; “Knute Rockne to Supervise Football at St. Thomas College, Minn., This Year”; August 14, 1928; p. 7


Knute Rockne

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 13

August 13, 1849 – “The first Minnesota Supreme Court meets in Stillwater.”,_Minnesota_(2005_sign).jpg

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 12

August 12, 1965 – Actor Peter Krause, best known for his roles as Nate Fisher in the HBO series Six Feet Under and Adam Braverman in Parenthood, was born in Alexandria, Minn., on this date.

Actor Peter Krause

Monday, August 11, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 11

August 11, 1925 – Actress Arlene Dahl, also known as the mother of actor Lorenzo Lamas, was born in Minneapolis on this date. “She reached the peak of her popularity and success in the 1950s.”

Actress Arlene Dahl

Sunday, August 10, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 10

August 10, 1887 – The first issue of the “Prison Mirror,” the newspaper of the Minnesota State Prison in Stillwater, was published on this date. Bank robber Cole Younger was associate editor.1

It was the first publication in America produced solely by inmates from inside a prison, and at 127 years and counting it is the oldest continuously published prison journal in America.2

Photos of the Minnesota Correctional Facility Stillwater taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain 2-21-2013, as long as acknowledgement included.

1Minnesota History Center; Minnesota History Timeline