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This Day in History - June 23-27, 30


June 23, 1976

National Headlines:

  • Shirley Temple Black has been nominated as the United States’ chief of protocol.  If confirmed Black will be the first woman to hold that office.  She has been the Ambassador to Ghana for the past two years.
  • Adults can be vaccinated against the Swine Flu by this fall according to the Center for Disease Control officials.  Scientists are still developing dosage and composition standards for a children’s version of the shot.

State Headlines:

  • Governor Richard Kneip has requested disaster assistance from the federal government due to the estimated $250 million loss to the state’s farm economy due to the drought.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Tickets are still available for the Barbara Mandrell concert to be held in Aberdeen on June 26.  Admission is $4 in advance or $5 at the door.
  • Michael Kettering, a 1976 graduate of Aberdeen Central, took 9th place in the National Debate Tournament held in Colorado Springs.  He was one of twelve students representing the state.
  • Area residents will have the opportunity to tour the new 3-M plant in Aberdeen’s industrial park next week.  The plant was completed last October and the facility was dedicated last week.
  • The season’s first case of Dutch Elm disease has been confirmed in Aberdeen by the city forester.  The affected tree was located in Wylie Park.  Last summer nine cases were found in the city, and officials expect even more to develop this year.
  • Westport voters will go to the polls Tuesday to select their first board of trustees after officially incorporating their town in April.
  • The town of Mansfield, SD, has been adopted.  The citizens of Mansfield, MA, adopted their sister city as part of their Bicentennial activities and declared every citizen of Mansfield, SD, to be a citizen of Mansfield, MA, for the 1976 Bicentennial Year.
  • This year’s Safeguard Pro-Am Golf Tournament is the largest in the event’s five-year history.  32 pros and  114 amateurs will play for $6000 in prizes.  Play takes place on the Aberdeen Country Club course. 
  • Sandy Stryker of Java won the Juvenile title in the recent South Dakota majorette contest held in Iroquois.  The baton twirlers were judged on their twirling routines and ability to lead a marching band.
  • On TV tonight:  “The Bionic Woman”, “Baretta” and “Starsky and Hutch”

 

June 24, 1981

National Headlines:

  • “M-A-S-H” is TV’s top rated show followed by “Quincy, M.E.”, “House Calls”,  “Hart to Hart”, “Facts of Life”,  “The Jeffersons”,  “60 Minutes”, “Different Strokes”, “Too Close for Comfort”, and “The Dukes of Hazard”.  Rounding out the top 10 is “Taxi”
  • Today is day 13 of the major league baseball strike.  Players and owners are at odds over compensation for free agents.  Both sides met again today with a federal mediator, but no progress was reported.
  • Get ready to pay $.20 for a first class stamp!

State Headlines:

  • Gas prices in the state have dropped as much as 2 cents according to the latest AAA survey.  Prices on average are $1.32 for self-service regular to $1.53 for full service unleaded premium.
  • Violent storms hit the southern part of the state last night with winds up to 70 mph reported in many areas.  Temperatures were also extreme yesterday with Huron reaching 102 degrees, Pickstown was 99, Sioux Falls hit 96, and Phillip was 94.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Bath, Ashton, and Groton are celebrating centennials this month.  Aberdeen, Mellette and Warner will celebrate centennials in July.  Stratford, Cresbard/Chelsea/Wecota, and Mobridge will celebrate 75th anniversaries in July as well.
  • Roncalli will have two new coaches this fall.  Bob Olson will head the basketball program and Mark Murphy will lead the football program.
  • Men, put your razors away—remember judging for Aberdeen’s Centennial Beard Contest will take place on July 3 at Aldrich Park.  Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:  best attempt, most color, longest, straggliest and ugliest. 
  • Janis Pearson will be the featured vocal soloist at this week’s Municipal Band Concert at Melgaard Park.
  • The office of chiropractor, Dr. Cathy Moon-Hoyt, is now open at 104 South Lincoln in Aberdeen.
  • Bristol is hosting its 3rd annual swimming pool fundraiser featuring a pork barbeque.  All funds go to the maintenance of the city pool.
  • On TV tonight:  “Charlie”s Angels”—this is the show’s final episode.  Six women have played the angels in 109 episodes

 

June 25, 1972

National Headlines:

  • Eight Eastern states are dealing with the most extensive flooding in history after massive rain storms hit the area in the past days.  The death toll stands at 102 and thousands of families in over 100 communities have been evacuated from their homes.  Damages to date are estimated to be near $1 billion.

State Headlines:

  • Members of the state’s Republican Party are gathering in Pierre for the state party convention.  Foremost on the agenda is to determine whether Yankton attorney Robert Hirsch or Attorney General Gordon Mydland will be the Republican candidate to face Representative James Abourezk in the race for the Senate seat vacated by Karl Mundt.
  • Rapid City is trying to recover after a June 9 flood that devastated much of the city.  The death toll there stands at 227 to date.

Local/Area Headlines;

  • Many area organizations are holding benefits for the victims of the Rapid City flood.  There’s a dance in Ipswich, and the Catholic parishes in Aberdeen and Westport dedicated their mission offerings to the effort.  A most interesting campaign called “the vanishing coffee party” was organized by the women’s groups of the county who hoped to raise $86,000 for flood recovery.  33 women attended the first coffee party and each one invited 16 women to another party, who in turn invited 8 guests, who invited 4 etc until the party “vanished.” Coffee party guests share monetary donations.
  • A July 5 opening date for the new McDonald’s Restaurant on East 6th Avenue was announced today by owner-operator James Larson.  The new drive-in will employ up to 60 people and have parking for over 100 cars.
  • An architectural sketch of a proposed extension of the 3rd Avenue parking ramp was released today.  The addition extends over 3rd Avenue to provide additional parking spaces.  No firm cost was given, but supporters say the project would not exceed $75,000.
  • Members of the Aberdeen School Board will tour Simmons Junior High to view areas suggested for remodeling.
  • Mrs. Art Kindelspire is the Rhubarb Queen of McPheason County and will reign over the annual Rhubarb Festival.  She was crowned by outgoing Queen Kathy Geffre.
  • Top Records for this week include “Nice To Be With You” by Gallery, “Song Sung Blue” by Neal Diamond, “Candy Man” by Sammie Davis Jr., “Sylvia’s Mother” by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show and “Troglodyte” by The Jimmy Castor Bunch
  • At the Starlite Drive-In tonight  Clint Eastwood in “Play Misty for Me”

 

June 26, 1966

National Headlines:

  • Scientists announced today the development of a Mumps vaccine that is nearly 100% effective.  The shot is not yet available to the public as it must undergo more testing outside the laboratory before being given the government stamp of approval.
  • Tomorrow is Helen Keller’s 86th birthday.  Miss Keller plans to spend a quiet day in her rural Connecticut home.

State Headlines:

  • Fences along Interstates 90 and 29 in the state will be allowed to have gates to be used by farmers and ranchers when moving hay and strayed cattle from the highway right of way areas.  The gates will be locked and the keys held by highway maintenance crews.  Governor Nils Boe met in Washington DC with officials from the Bureau of Public Roads to secure permission for placement of these gates.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • It’s opening day for the Aberdeen Pheasants baseball team who will go up against the Bismarck-Mandan Pards.  Listen to Paul Rahders on KSDN for your play by play account of the action.
  • Get your official Boy Scout equipment at Webb Shoe Company in downtown Aberdeen.
  • The Spit-Fire Go-Kart track is now open ½ mile North of the South Sale Barn in Aberdeen.  Riders must be at least 10 years old.
  • See Northwestern Public Service for a patio gas grill—only $1.50 per month until paid for.  No down payment, no interest—fee simply added to your monthly gas bill.
  • Taylor Music will install a stereo in your car for only $99.50.
  • Lorie Long of Aberdeen is spending the summer in Washington DC serving as Representative Ben Reifel’s summer intern.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Trebilcock will serve as the dance chairmen for the teen-age dances to be held this summer at the Aberdeen Country Club. 
  • Aberdeen Smittys outfielders Doug Neuharth, Dan Wollman and Hollis Hurlbert are credited with helping the team win 15 consecutive games.
  • Top Records this week:  “Strangers in the Night” by Frank Sinatra, “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones, “Paperback Writer” by the Beatles and “I Am A Rock” by Simon and Garfunkel.
  • At the Movies:  “Bambi” at the Capitol, “Born Free” at the Orpheum and “Masquerade” at the Star Lite.

 

June 27, 1978

National Headlines:

  • “The Ladies Home Journal” purchased the rights to Betty Ford’s autobiography “The Times of My Life” , which will be published in the magazine’s October and November issues.  Details of the deal were not disclosed, but the magazine did say the purchase price was “record breaking.”

  • According to figures released by the Census Bureau there are 100 million Americans now in the work force, and almost one half of American women now work outside the home.

State Headlines:

  • Damages are estimated in the $4 - $6 million range after a tornados ripped through several communities yesterday.  Damage in Yankton alone accounts for nearly $1 million of that.  Five counties have been declared disaster areas in the aftermath of these storms.

Local/Area Headlines;

  • Roncalli’s head football coach Joe Kramer has resigned that position to become the assistant football coach and head baseball coach for the upcoming season at Yankton College.
  • Entertainers scheduled to appear at the 1978 Brown County Fair are Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass, country singing duo Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius, and the Kendalls (a father-daughter musical duo). 
  • Aberdeen’s Cary Hornaman signed a professional baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds earlier this spring and has started playing for the Reds’ Class A team in Eugene Oregon.
  • Plan now to attend the Selby Sausage Festival July 7 – 9. 
  • The Highway 12 bridge at Mobridge will be closed for 12 hours in order to pour concrete on the bridge bed.  Cars and light trucks will be allowed on the bridge after that period, semi trucks will not be allowed over the bridge for another 24 hours.
  • The Aberdeen Teeners defeated Ipswich in a double header.  Bryce Iwerks plays for the Teeners and Jim Thares plays for Ipswich.
  • Summer specials at K-Mart include “The Handle” instant camera only $23, a Smith-Corona electric typewriter for $197, a Bell & Howell sound camera only $208 and a Bell & Howell sound movie projector only $149.
  • Top Records this week include “Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb, “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty, “You’re the One That I Want” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, “Take A Chance on Me” by Abba, and “You Belong to Me” by Carly Simon.
  • At the Movies:  “Grease” at the Capitol (soundtrack available at Stereo Town), “The Jungle Book” at the Orpheum, “The Betsy” and “American Graffiti” at the Cinema Twins.

 

June 30, 1993

National Headlines:

  • Northwest Airlines extended its summer fare sale for another two days due to customer demand.  Over 200,000 customers called during the first day of sales—an all time high for the airline reservation center.
  • Company officials at Pepsico are exploring the possibility of introducing their Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut fast food franchises in India.  Pepsi controls 22 % of the country’s soft drink market 30 months after its introduction there.

State Headlines:

  • Archeologists are working on a site 16 miles west of Custer in preparation for a highway expansion project.  Some items unearthed so far include beer cans from the 1940s and Paleoindian bone scrapers that could be as old as 9000 years.
  • Statewide gas prices have changed little since Memorial Day.  According to AAA officials a gallon of self-serve unleaded gas is now $1.16 (a 5 cent drop from last year).  The national average per gallon price for unleaded is $1.12.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Danny Tyler Band of Sioux Falls will be in Eureka this weekend playing at a fundraiser for the city’s ambulance service.  Proceeds from the event will help purchase two-way radio equipment.
  • Aberdeen drivers should be alert to the new traffic signals now operational at the corner of Third Avenue Southeast and Roosevelt Street.
  • Gettysburg is hosting a Civil War Festival this weekend.  All activities for this living history celebration will take place at the battleground site one mile south of Gettysburg.
  • Local golfing pair Craig and Bonnie Golz won the State Husband and Wife golf tournament at Yankton last weekend.
  • Amateur baseball teams from Britton and Claremont split a double header yesterday.  Britton won the opener 7-5 and Claremont took the nightcap 8-6. 
  • Hecla held a blood drive yesterday and over 50 people became donors.
  • Residents in Ipswich will pay $9 per month for residential garbage pick up beginning with the next billing cycle.
  • Mobridge is hosting Carnival Days and Mobridge merchants will be giving away 1000 tickets for free carnival rides.
  • Cincinnati Bengals place-kicker Roman Anderson and quarterback David Klinger were in Aberdeen working with area players and coaches at a day-long workshop held at Simmons Field.