1996: Washington students to learn about patriotism, compassion, honesty
Highlights from 1996, 1971, 1946 and 1921.
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.