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1972: First week in seven years, zero American casualties in Vietnam

Highlights of events in 1997, 1972, 1947 and 1922.

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1997 – 25 years ago

  • Coach Joe Swisher’s Rochester Community & Technical College football team won its inaugural homecoming game with a 62-0 pounding of Hibbing.
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Highlights of events in 1997, 1972, 1947 and 1922.
Highlights of events in 1997, 1972, 1947 and 1922.

1972 – 50 years ago

  • For the first time in seven years, weekly casualty figures for the Vietnam War listed no American killed in action.
  • A new Stewartville Christian school will be constructed across from the present First Baptist church-school campus on First Avenue.
  • Muhammad Ali defeated Floyd Patterson on a 7th-round TKO. Ali praised Patterson as a great fighter and clamored for heavyweight champion Joe Frazier.

1947 – 75 years ago

  • Gread “Lefty” McKinnis, the black pitcher for the Rochester Queens, stole the spotlight in the State baseball tournament when he pitched and batted Rochester to a 1-0 semifinal win over Glencoe. They will meet Chaska in the finals. (Rochester lost in the finals 10-6).
  • The estimated death toll of a hurricane that swept the Gulf coast is now estimated at 100. The hardest hit was the Biloxi-Gulfport vicinity. The Red Cross has provided food and shelter for over 100,000.
  • Charlie Chaplin, Samuel Goldwyn, Gary Cooper, Walt Disney, and 40 other Hollywood people have been subpoenaed to hearings on alleged Communist “inroads” in the movie industry.

1922 – 100 years ago

  • Night school at the Rochester high school will begin on October 16. Classes include bookkeeping, shorthand, stenography, and penmanship. The course on Americanization will be free of charge.
  • The band shell in Mayo Park has been enclosed for the winter. The shell will remain closed for the winter months.
  • The Rochester city council has ordered that the whistle at the city electric plant be blown at 7 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. daily.
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