January 23, 1972 — “Minnesota Gopher basketball players beat up Ohio State players,
hospitalizing their center, Luke Witte. Gopher players Corky Taylor and Rob
Behagen are suspended for the remainder of the season.”
January 22, 1973 – The U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade abortion ruling was announced on this date. Chief Justice Warren Burger and Associate Justice Harry Blackmun, childhood friends from St. Paul, Minn., were keys figures in this decision, but not in the way most people expected. Burger and Blackmun were conservatives, and much to the surprise and delight of pro-choice advocates, they “joined in Roe’s 7-2 majority, agreeing that a right to privacy extended to a woman’s abortion choice. Blackmun wrote the majority opinion. Burger wrote a separate concurrence.”
January 20, 1916 - Ka-Be-Nah-Gnay-Yance, better known as Indian Chief John Smith, reported
to be 124 years old, was found lying beside a railroad track, is reported to be
much better and is resting comfortably at the Cass Lake Hospital.
When he was brought in to
the hospital he refused to lie in bed, but took a blanket and slept on the
floor. Yesterday, however, after another Indian had slept in the bed to show
him that there were no evil spirits there, he consented to sleep in the bed.
This morning, after a good night’s rest, he sat up in bed and smoked his pipe.
The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “John Smith is Reported Better. Aged Indian Consents to Go to Bed; Smokes Pipe; Talks to Friends.”; Jan. 1916; p. 1.
Ka-Be-Nah-Gnay-Yance, better known as Indian Chief John Smith
19, 1920 – Early today five masked men broke into the Standard
Medical Company’s plant and escaped with more than $500,000 worth of morphine, cocaine and heroin, according to the Minneapolis police department.
Alfred Hanson, night watchman, said they broke the glass in a door and covered
him with revolvers about 4 a.m., binding his hands and feet and gagging him.
The robbers were in the plant about 20 minutes, said the watchman today, and left
with four large gunny sacks filled with drugs.
Two hours later, he said, he freed himself and called the police. Heads of the
police department declared the robbers entered the building about 2 a.m. and
carried a lot of drug plunder away in an automobile.
A wide-spread search was begun immediately.
The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “$500,000 ‘Dope’ Loot
Secured By Five Bandits in Minneapolis. Break Glass Door, Bind and Gag
Watchman; Take Morphine, Cocaine, Heroin. Standard Medical Co. Sacked By
Robbers. Overpower Watchman at Point of Revolvers; Make Their Escape by
Automobile.”; January 19, 1920; p. 1.
January 18, 1988 – Jamie Nelson came from behind to be “the first woman
winner of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.”1 The 470-mile race
runs from Duluth to Grand Portage and back.2 “Nelson won $7,200 for her first place
1The Duluth News-Tribune;
“Winning Beargrease makes Nelson’s Day”; January 19, 1988; pp.1A & 8A.
2The Duluth News-Tribune;
“Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon”; January 16, 1988; p. 4A.