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June 27, 1914
Rugby Rural District Council: Dr Tangye reported that several cases of diphtheria had occurred at Hillmorton, two of which had terminated fatally. The schools had been closed and disinfected. He hoped the disease had now died out, but it was quite possible this was not so, and he might require a nurse. There had also been a fatality at Thurlaston. The Inspector reported that in the past month there had been 20 cases of infectious disease, 14 of diphtheria, four of scarlet fever and two of erysipelas.
June 26, 1964
Peak-hour traffic jams in the town centre, particularly on Friday and Saturdays, are becoming a serious problem. Exasperated motorists who have previously taken long detours to avoid the jams are now finding these avenues of escape bottled up. One driver took 35 minutes to travel from the top of Railway Terrace, through Church Street and High Street to Bawnmore Road. Plans are made for traffic lights at Whitehall Road and widening of Corporation Street and lights at its Newbold Road junction.
June 22, 1989
Katharine Merry made it big in America on Saturday with a world sprint record.
The 14-year-old Bilton High School and Birchfield sprinter won both her 100m and 200m races at the major Keeble student athletics event in Chicago. And she did it in style. Katharine’s winning time of 11.47 seconds was a new under 14s world record. And she also set a new personal best in the 200m of 23.72s. She beat the best 17-year-olds America, Canada and Jamaica had found for her to run against.