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August 7, 1915
The arrangements for carrying out the provisions of the National Registration Act are now well in hand locally. The officials of the Rugby Urban District Council, under the supervision of the Clerk, Mr Arthur Morson, have been busily engaged for some time and the town has been divided up into 43 sections. As no less than 17,000 forms will have to be distributed, the task of those involved is by no means an easy one, but so well organised little difficulty is anticipated.
August 6, 1965
Several hundred Rugby people, mainly schoolchildren and adults under 30 are suffering from a mystery virus illness. A spokesman for a group of GPs said: “Already more than 10 per cent of our patients are suffering from the complaint which, if untreated appears to die away after two or three days but then recurs, often more seriously.” Symptoms include sore throat, muscular pains, headaches and extremely high temperatures. Some parts of the Midlands reported this type of illness 18 months ago, but this is the first time for Rugby.
August 2, 1990
Dunchurch sprinter Katharine Merry added another record to her growing list on Saturday. The 15-year-old Bilton High School girl and Birchfield Harrier set a UK 15 age group time of 11.60 seconds, when she won the 100m. Katharine was running for Great Britain and Northern Ireland junior international team at Horsham in Sussex. Her time, into a 0.6m headwind, puts her in the top ten in the world rankings for under 20 year olds.