This Week in History: Local featured in book on nuclear test victims

Published 8:31 pm Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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June 29, 1990: Mayor Harlan Nelson proclaimed June 29 as Brenda Armstrong Day in Albert Lea, honoring the Albert Lea native who was crowned Miss Minnesota 1990.

June 25, 1990: The Albert Lea City Council approved funds to expand the city landfill. Howard Peterson was paid $100,000 for 78 acres; the additional land was scheduled to be used for composting and recycling.

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June 27, 1980: Russell Dann of Albert Lea was pictured in the Evening Tribune holding an advance copy of “Atomic Soldiers: American Victims of Nuclear Experiment.” Dann is the major character in the non-fiction account of military and civilian victims of nuclear tests. The book was written by Howard Rosenberg, an investigative reporter for the Washington columnist Jack Anderson.

June 23, 1980: The Albert Lea City Council approved a name and location change for local business The Name of the Game. The adult entertainment club moved to 1119 S. Broadway and changed its name to Captain’s Corner.



2012: Ex-Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted by a jury in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, on 45 counts of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years.

1992: The U.S. Supreme Court, in R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul, unanimously ruled that “hate crime” laws that banned cross burning and similar expressions of racial bias violated free-speech rights.

1981: Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to killing rock star John Lennon.

1972: President Richard Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman discussed using the CIA to obstruct the FBI’s Watergate investigation. (Revelation of the tape recording of this conversation sparked Nixon’s resignation in 1974.) President Nixon signed Title IX barring discrimination on the basis of sex for “any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

1945: The World War II battle for Okinawa ended with an Allied victory.

1944: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, more popularly known as the “GI Bill of Rights.”

June 23, 1888: Abolitionist Frederick Douglass received one vote from the Kentucky delegation at the Republican convention in Chicago, effectively making him the first Black candidate to have his name placed in nomination for U.S. president. (The nomination went to Benjamin Harrison.)