• Lighting was the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Olde Williamsburg in Fort Mill Township.
• The heat wave and drought continued with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees and no rain.
• Girls’ volleyball was added to Fort Mill Middle School athletics. Up to now, basketball and cheerleading were the only athletic options for girls.
• Gary Odell Atkins, a graduate of Fort Mill High School and a 14-year Navy man, was promoted to Chief Petty Officer.
• The firing of one of the cannons in Confederate Park on the Fourth of July was believed to be the first firing of either cannon in the park’s history.
• A delegation appeared before Fort Mill City Council protesting the demotion of Fort Mill Police Officer Jack McKinney from Sergeant to Patrolman.
• Fort Mill now had its own song. “The Centennial Song” was written by Patti Barron with music by Ann Cantrell Harris and sung by The Marshall Street Singers.
• The new monument in Unity Cemetery honoring Fort Mill servicemen who lost their lives in Korea and Vietnam was dedicated with an address by Retired Army General William C. Westmoreland.
• Fort Mill High School’s handsome new gymnasium was opened to the public for the first time. The first use of the gym was for public roller skating.
• Jasper R. Taylor, principal of Central School for the past year, resigned and accepted a position in the Jackson School in Lancaster County.
• Evangelistic services were being held at St. John’s Methodist Church with the Rev. J. F. Lupo delivering the sermons.
• W. D. Mossor of Parkersburg, WV was now the proprietor of the restaurant in the Jones building on Main Street.
• The Fourth of July passed very quietly in Fort Mill with all business houses and the local cotton mills being closed.
• A near ice famine in Fort Mill was averted when a railcar load of ice was delivered from Spencer, N.C. The local ice plant was inoperable due to a parts malfunction.
Compiled by Chip Heemsoth, a lifelong resident of Fort Mill.