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1997: Rochester's unemployment rate is at a record low

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

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1997 — 25 years ago

  • Rochester-area employers were creating jobs, and the unemployment rate fell during the second quarter, hitting a record 1.9%. The Rochester Area Economic Development Inc. reported a thriving economy.
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1972 — 50 years ago

  • Bobby Fischer and Russian champion Boris Spassky began their 14th game in the world chess championships in Reykjavik, Iceland. Fischer is leading 8-5. (Fischer won the championship 12½ to 8½.)
  • Rochester Methodist Hospital's new 14-bed intensive care unit features a new arrangement of patient services in modular wall systems, such as oxygen, vacuum, and nurse call.

1947 — 75 years ago

  • Fine weather, 4-H exhibits, judging, and a bunch of rambunctious beef calves kicked off the Winona County Fair in St. Charles.
  • The Manhattan project, which created the atomic bomb, ceased to exist today even as a "paper" organization.
  • The Winona Teachers College Warriors football team will begin practice at Maxwell field for the new season beginning Aug. 22.

1922 — 100 years ago

  • A free tonsil and adenoid clinic will be held at Rochester's Central school. Examinations will be conducted for all children of school age.
  • The "We Can Club" will meet for canning work in the high school community kitchen.
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