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This Week in History: Albert Lea man honored for public service


April 27, 1990: Nearly 100 people gathered to commemorate Victims Rights Week in Minnesota. The March Against Fear procession began in Central Park and proceeded down Broadway Avenue to the Freeborn County courthouse.

April 21, 1960: A former school superintendent in Lyle was arrested for robbing the Bank of America’s San Leandro branch in California. Robert Overson, a native of St. Peter, turned to crime after running up $5,000 in gambling debts.

April 23, 1960: Willian Villarreal of Albert Lea was honored by Minnesota’s League of United Latin American Citizens. In addition to his work with LULAC, Villarreal was vice president of the Knights of Columbus, served with the Minnesota National Guard and was an auxiliary police officer.



2016: Prince, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times, was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis; he was 57.

2015: A federal judge in Philadelphia approved a settlement agreement expected to cost the NFL $1 billion over 65 years to resolve thousands of concussion lawsuits.

2013: A seriously wounded Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged in his hospital room with bombing the Boston Marathon in a plot with his older brother, Tamerlan, who died after a fierce gunbattle with police.

2010: An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, killed 11 workers and caused a blow-out that began spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. (The well was finally capped nearly three months later.)

2009: The sole survivor of a pirate attack on an American cargo ship off the Somali coast, on which Captain Richard Phillips was held for ransom, was charged as an adult with piracy in federal court in New York. (A prosecutor said Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse had given wildly varying ages for himself before finally admitting he was 18. Muse later pleaded guilty to hijacking, kidnapping and hostage-taking and was sentenced to more than 33 years in prison.)

2005: The recently created video-sharing website YouTube uploaded its first clip, “Me at the Zoo,” which showed YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim standing in front of an elephant enclosure at the San Diego Zoo.

2004: Army Ranger Pat Tillman, who had traded in a multi-million-dollar NFL contract to serve in Afghanistan, was killed by friendly fire; he was 27.

2000: In a dramatic pre-dawn raid, armed immigration agents seized Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban boy at the center of a custody dispute, from his relatives’ home in Miami; Elian was reunited with his father at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington.

1999: The Columbine High School massacre took place in Colorado as two students shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives.

1995: The final bomb linked to the Unabomber exploded inside the Sacramento, California, offices of a lobbying group for the wood products industry, killing chief lobbyist Gilbert B. Murray. (Theodore Kaczynski was later sentenced to four lifetimes in prison for a series of bombings that killed three men and injured 29 others.)

1980: The United States launched an unsuccessful attempt to free the American hostages in Iran, a mission that resulted in the deaths of eight U.S. servicemen.

1972: Apollo 16’s lunar module, carrying astronauts John W. Young and Charles M. Duke Jr., landed on the moon.

April 20, 1971: The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.

1970: Millions of Americans concerned about the environment observed the first “Earth Day.”

1969: Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. (The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment.)

1961: In the wake of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, the White House issued a statement saying that President John F. Kennedy “bears sole responsibility for the events of the past few days.”

1954: The publicly televised sessions of the Senate Army-McCarthy hearings began.

Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his 755 major-league home runs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. (The Braves won, 7-5.)