1971: Fireworks set off over Silver Lake

An estimated crowd of 5,000 people witnessed the display.

Day in History graphic

1996 — 25 years ago

  • More than 550 fireworks shells were launched into the sky during the annual Post Bulletin fireworks show.
  • A 20-acre area of Oxbow Park and the state wildlife management area east of Rochester has been named for Gordon Yeager, the former Post Bulletin outdoor writer who died in 1976.

1971 — 50 years ago

  • A new high-intensity lighting system at the Soldiers Field fast-pitch softball diamond is nearing completion, and should be in operation next week.
  • An estimated crowd of 5,000 people witnessed Rochester’s annual fireworks display at Silver Lake. The temperature was just right for the July Fourth celebration.

1946 – 75 years ago

  • The Olive brothers, Henry and Richard, who operate a 360-acre farm a mile and a half west of Mantorville, have been named two of the nation’s outstanding farmers.
  • It is estimated that the largest crowd in over 10 years attended the Rochester fireworks display at Silver Lake on July Fourth.

1921 — 100 years ago

  • There will be a meeting of the American Association for the Recognition of the Irish Republic at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
  • A large truck bearing equipment and engineers of the Babcock Road System arrived in Rochester. They have been summoned to assist and examine various highway routes and highway work in progress.

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