What Was Happening on July 31 in Years Past


90 Years Ago – 1930 

Plans for the two-day Tercentenary Celebration progressed as events included special church services that Sunday, a concert in the park following in the afternoon, sports on Monday morning, a community dinner at Tuck’s Point followed by a parade in the afternoon, the first band concert and ball games before the second concert in the evening and a grand finale of fireworks. 

75 years Ago – 1945 

The Friday Night Club sponsored another outdoor dance on the Common.  

The Manchester Yacht Club’s annual water sports were scheduled for the afternoon of August 2, with the same events as in former years of pole-walking and swimming, rowing and tub racing. 

60 Years Ago – 1960 

Fire Chief and Fire Warden Richard Hammond was severely attacked by a nest of hornets as a raging 8 – 10 acre blaze burned in the woods around Pine and Bennett Streets and Forester Road.  A hose line upset the nest where Hammond stood, causing the hornets to swarm over him.  

In light of the polio outbreak in Providence, RI, the Manchester Board of Health urged all its residents to obtain Salk vaccine inoculations as soon as possible. 

45 Years Ago – 1975

Harbormaster Robert McDiarmid shot eight times at a shark with his .22 caliber rifle after sighting it 300 yards off Lobster Cove.  The 14 foot shark went down and McDiarmid said he didn’t see it surface again.  It was the first shark sighting of the year.  

The Water and Sewer Commissioners announced a ban on the usage of water for car washing and automatic sprinkler systems.  The town’s primary water supply, Gravel Pond, dropped to a critical low as the water level dipped 56 inches. 

30 Years Ago – 1990 

The veteran two-time America’s Cup winner, Courageous, sailed into Manchester Harbor to give over 60 Manchester Sailing Association junior sailors a taste of the big league.  The junior sailors all had the opportunity to crew and helm the boat.  In the distinguished services of the Courageous, she won the America’s Cup in 1974 with resident Ted Wood, and again in 1977 with Ted Turner. 

15 Years Ago – 2005 

Christine George will be installed postmaster of Manchester Post Office on Friday, July 29 at 1 p.m. in American Legion Post 113. 

The Manchester Harbor Boat Club is pleased to announce its twelfth annual Fishing Tournament, continuing over a decade of fun and fellowship for its members;  raising interest and participation in recreational fishing and providing a great opportunity for friends and family, young and not so young to enjoy some summer leisure time together. 

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