Local history…

One year ago: New Ulm VFW Gold beat Delano in a Junior Upper Midwest Classic game held at Johnson Park.

10 years ago: Car buffs displayed their machines at Autofest at Maday Motors in New Ulm.

50 years ago: Kristy Haala of Sleepy Eye won a family vacation to Gull Lake in a KNUJ tape recording contest.

And elsewhere…

Today is Friday, June 27, the 178th day of 2014. There are 187 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 27, 1864, Confederate forces repelled a frontal assault by Union troops in the Civil War Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia.

On this date:

In 1787, English historian Edward Gibbon completed work on his six-volume work, “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.”

In 1844, Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in Carthage, Illinois.

In 1922, the first Newberry Medal, recognizing excellence in children’s literature, was awarded in Detroit to “The Story of Mankind” by Hendrik Willem van Loon.

In 1984, the Supreme Court ended the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s monopoly on controlling college football telecasts, ruling such control violated antitrust law.

Today’s Birthdays: Business executive Ross Perot is 84. Fashion designer Vera Wang is 65. Olympic gold and bronze medal figure skater Viktor Petrenko is 45. Actor Tobey Maguire is 39.

Thought for Today: “It is no simple matter to pause in the midst of one’s maturity, when life is full of function, to examine what are the principles which control that functioning.” – Pearl S. Buck, American author (1892-1973).

(Above Advance for Use Friday, June 27)

Copyright 2014, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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