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This Day in History- January 21 – 25

January 21, 1963

National Headlines:

  • The United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union are close to finalizing a ban on the testing of nuclear weapons.
  • Yogi Berra , a Yankee player since 1946, has assumed a new role for the 1963 season—that of player/coach.  He will be the first base coach when not playing in his usual positions of catcher or outfielder.  His new duties will increase his salary to nearly $45,000!!

State Headlines:

  • Northwestern Bell announced that it will upgrade services in much of the state.  Customers in Redfield, Chamberlain and rural Tyndall with be upgraded to dial service from the current manual system of calling.  Direct dialing for long distance calls will be extended to customers in Chamberlain, Mitchell, Scotland, Tyndall and Yankton.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Law enforcement officials are searching for two men who escaped from the Brown County jail.   The breakout was discovered by the sheriff’s wife who was awakened by a noise in the jail—the sheriff’s residence is connected to the jail.  The woman saw the two men sneaking away and hurried to lock the jail door to prevent the escape of two others being held at the jail.  The sheriff was in Columbia investigating a house fire.
  • Members of Aberdeen’s Golden Pheasant Festival have scheduled a meeting tomorrow night.  The stockholders in the Festival will vote on whether or not to continue the event which was revived in 1961 after a lapse of several years. Attendance during the past two years of the new Festival was not what organizers had hoped for.
  • Jaci Jiran and Robert Nielsen Jr are the newly crowned royalty for the 1963 Carnival of Silver Skates in Groton.
  • “Telestar” by the Tornadoes is the number 1 song while “Go Away Little Girl” by  Steve Lawrence came in at number 2 this week.  The Four Seasons’ “Big Girls Don’t Cry” is at number 8
  • The Bristol Music Parents are sponsoring a concert by the Aberdeen Elks’ Chorus.  The concert will also include instrumental soloists from the Bristol High School Band.
  • The Aberdeen Jayceettes are planning three events to raise money to furnish the children’s area of the new Alexander Mitchell Library that is scheduled to open later this spring.  Chairman for this project is Bea Premack.
  • The Veterans of World War I will have their regular meeting tonight to elect and install new officers.
  • Tonight on TV:  “I’ve Got a Secret” and “The Loretta Young Show”


January 22, 1975

National Headlines:

  • A Texas Congressman has introduced legislation to tie congressional salaries to the performance of Congress in balancing the budget.  He is proposing that salaries for members of Congress be docked 10% each year they fail to balance the nation’s budget!

State Headlines:

  • SD’s Governor Richard Kniep has proposed a $146.2 million dollar operating budget to the SD legislature.  Included in the budget is $625,000 for a new state airplane.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Basketball teams from Aberdeen’s two high schools met last night for a cross town match up.  Roncalli defeated rival Central 83-60 in front of a sell-out crowd.  Cary Hornaman was Cavalier high scorer with 24, Harley Zephier added 20.  Eagle’s top man was Kevin Buntrock with 16, Steve Grieben and Steve Mann had 15 each to help the Eagles.
  • Steve Kaiser is the new Aberdeen anchor for KABY news at 6pm and 10pm.  Kaiser comes to Aberdeen from KSFY in Sioux Falls were he worked as a news reporter.
  • Be sure to enter the “Name the Theatre Contest” to name Aberdeen’s new movie theater.  The winner will receive a free pass for 2 for a full year plus a $50 savings bond.  This new theater will feature TWO auditoriums so two different movies can be shown at the same time.
  • Top hits for the week:  “Something Just Came Over Me” by Charlie Rich, “You’re No Good” by Linda Ronstadt and “Roll on Down the Highway” by Bachman Turner Overdrive.
  • The Brown County Commission increased salaries for its employees.  Some hikes include:  Director of Equalization from $666/month to $708/month; highway superintendent from $860/month to $925/month.  Jailer’s wages increased from $2.42/hour to $2.60/hour
  • The Johnny Cavelle Dance Studio is offering an 8 week Latin dancing course.  Dances included are the Cha-Cha, Rhumba, Samba and the Tango.
  • Tonight on TV:  “Little House on the Prairie”, “Tony Orlando” and Petrocelli


January 23, 1987

National Headlines:

  • The IRS announced it would revise the instructions for its new W-4 tax withholding form to make them simpler to understand.  The new 3-½-page form that replaced the previous 1-½ page form was introduced to simplify the process, but that’s not been the case.

State Headlines

  • Governor George Mickelson has sent a proposal to the legislature that would raise the state sales tax on everything except food and farm machinery by one penny.  The additional revenue would be used for economic development throughout the state.

Local/Area Headlines

  • Voters in Columbia approved the closing of the town’s school at the end of this school year. The students will attend school in Groton next year.
  • Vi Stoia resigned as president of the Aberdeen Development Corporation in order to head a new promotional effort for the city called “Aberdeen Unlimited”
  • Dave Rave has been appointed as the new director of the Alexander Mitchell Library.
  • Aberdeen’s Cardinal Tool is expecting to finish its $250,000 expansion in about six weeks and offer 50 new jobs.
  • Dine at Aberdeen’s newest family restaurant, RG’s, which opened this week.
  • Get a “Super Bowl Sundae” at Mother’s Restaurant in downtown Aberdeen for only $1.95 now through Super Bowl Sunday.
  • At the Movies:  “Three Amigos” and “The Color of Money” at the Cinema Twins and “Brighton Beach Memories” at the Capitol.
  • On TV Tonight:  “”Webster”, “The Dr. Ruth Show” (on Lifetime) “Falcon Crest”


January 24, 1967

National Headlines:

  • The US Congress is considering legislation to increase the minimum monthly Social Security benefits to $70 for individuals and $105 for couples. 
  • The US Post Office has requested Congressional approval for postal rate increase.  First class postage would go from 5 cents to 6 cents and airmail rates for a letter would be increased to 9 cents.

State Headlines:

  • The most controversial issue in the state legislature is the possible adoption of Daylight Savings Time.  Opponents to the “fast time” measure claim it will disrupt entertainment schedules for families—start times for sporting events and movies would be too late for children to attend.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Nationally known attorney F.Lee Bailey will be the speaker for the 1967 Chamber Banquet in Aberdeen.
  • The Groton school board has selected a Huron architectural firm to create the design for Groton’s new school facility.
  • Local Top Tunes include:  “Georgy Girl” by the Seekers, “Lonesome” by Burl Ives; “Music to Watch Girls By” the Bob Crew Generation, and “Summer Wine” by Nancy Sinatra.
  • Elmer Diedtrich will serve as the Brown County heart fund chairman for the 1967 drive.
  • Norg Sanderson was elected to a one-year term on the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Council.
  • See the new “Mersman” tables at Malchows—they are “Party Proof” because they resist alcohol stains, scratches and cigarette burns.
  • Tonight on TV:  “Daktari” and “The Girl from UNCLE”


January 25, 1972

National Headlines:

  • Representative Shirley Chisholm from New York, the nation’s first black congresswoman, announced she is a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.

State Headlines:

  • A cold front grips the state with sub zero temps throughout.  Lemmon was the cold spot last night reporting a frigid minus 29.

Local/Area Headlines;

  • Forty-five people attended the annual meeting of the newly organized Brown County Museum and Historical Society.  Peg Lamont was elected president for the upcoming year.  Robert Thompson was elected vice president; Hattie Gorsuch is the new secretary and Helen Bergh will serve as treasurer.
  • Plymouth Clothing has Roncalli blazers for just $24.95.
  • Among the top 10 tunes this week:  “Hurting Each Other” by the Carpenters, “Anticipation” by Carly Simon, “Precious and Few” by Climax, and “Black Dog” by Led Zepplin.
  • Carol Rohl, president of the Presentation Auxiliary, announced the dates for Presentation’s upcoming dinner theater, “Beef and Bards” event.  The play will be given by the Presentation College Players and directed by Sisters Ancilla and Anthony.
  • The Britton Braves are number one in the SD Associated Press basketball poll for another week.
  • At the movies:  “Diamonds are Forever” at the Orpheum and Walt Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” at the Capitol.
  • Tonight on TV:  “Gillligan’s Island”, “Carol Burnett” and “Mannix”