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1996: Washington students to learn about patriotism, compassion, honesty

Highlights from 1996, 1971, 1946 and 1921.

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1996 25 years ago

  • An early morning gas line rupture left the entire city of Byron without natural gas service for several hours. About 1,100 customers lost their heat and hot water.
  • Students at Washington Elementary School, Rochester’s newest public choice school, will learn about patriotism, goodwill, tolerance, compassion and honesty throughout the school year. The school will emphasize character education.

1971 50 years ago

  • The top three records this week are “Family Affair” by Sly and the Family Stone, “Theme from Shaft” by Isaac Hayes, and “Imagine” by John Lennon.
  • Student use of the Mayo High School planetarium – one of the only facilities of its kind in Minnesota schools – has increased 33 percent since it began operation five years ago. The planetarium can create a night sky during normal classroom hours.

1946 — 75 years ago

  • Dick Radatz, one of the all-time greats at Winona High School, has been forced to give up playing basketball because of injuries to his knees during a plane crash during the war. Radatz was a dominant athlete in football, basketball and baseball. (Radatz was elected to the Winona Senior High School Hall of Fame).
  • A Houston County trapper has netted the pelts of 20 grey and 35 red foxes. The trapper has received $155 in bounty payments so far this season.

1921 — 100 years ago

  • Charles Whittlesey, commander of World War I’s famed “Lost Battalion” and recipient of the Medal of Honor, is presumed to have committed suicide by jumping from a ship bound to Havana. (Whittlesey’s body was never found, and Whittlesey suffered from what is now known as PTSD).
  • Rochester stores and shops are beginning to take on the appearance of the holiday season. Nearly all the toys appearing are made in America.
  • Rochester will soon have the distinction of having the second-largest aquarium in the state as the final installation work is being completed at the Rochester Junior College. The state's largest aquarium is at the University of Minnesota.
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