This Week in History: Lloyd Herfindahl unveils commemorative painting – Albert Lea Tribune
March 3, 2011: Former KAAL TV news anchor Beth Bednar announced the release of Dead Air: The Disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit, a book she wrote about the 1995 disappearance of KIMT news anchor Jodi Huisentruit.
March 20, 2011: Alden Conger School Superintendent Joe Guanella pledged to keep students safe after a threat was found in a boys’ bathroom. The school was locked down while the threat was being investigated.
March 17, 1981: Grand Marshals Mary Keating and Don Cashin drove Albert Lea in the back seat of a convertible during the second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
March 18, 1981: Albert Lea artist Lloyd Herfindahl unveils a memorial painting of the Red Cross at a ceremony at the Elks Club. The painting paid homage to the centenary of the American Red Cross.
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1685: The composer Johann Sebastian Bach is born in Eisenach.
1918: During World War I, Germany launches its spring offensive on the Western Front, hoping to break through Allied lines before American reinforcements can arrive. (Although the spring offensive was initially successful, it ultimately failed.)
1935: Persia officially changes its name to Iran.
1963: The federal prison island of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay is freed of its last inmates and closed by order of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
1965: Civil rights demonstrators led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. begin their third successful march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
1972: The Supreme Court in Dunn v Blumstein ruled that states may not require at least one year of residence to be eligible to vote.
1981: Michael Donald, a black teenager in Mobile, Alabama, is kidnapped, tortured, and killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (A lawsuit from Donald’s mother, Beulah Mae Donald, later resulted in a landmark verdict that bankrupted a clan organization.)
1986: Debi Thomas from the USA wins the women’s title at the World Figure Skating Championships in Geneva, Switzerland, and dethrones Katarina Witt from the GDR.
1990: Namibia becomes an independent nation as the former colony marks the end of 75 years of South African rule.
1997: President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin concluded their summit in Helsinki, Finland.
2011: Syrians sing “No more fear!” Held a defiant march after deadly government crackdowns failed to quell mass protests in the southern city of Deraa for three days. Grammy-winning bluesman Pinetop Perkins died at the age of 97 in Austin, Texas.
2016: President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro argued over human rights and the longstanding US economic embargo during an unprecedented joint press conference in Havana.
2019: President Donald Trump abruptly declared that the US would recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the controversial Golan Heights, a major shift in American politics.
2020: Congressional and White House negotiators held talks on an economic bailout worth over $ 1 trillion. During a White House briefing, President Donald Trump doubled his support for the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for the coronavirus while Dr. Anthony Fauci said the evidence was “anecdotal”. Italy announced nearly 800 new deaths of people from the coronavirus. Hawaii’s governor introduced a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for all people traveling to the state.