Did You Know? I
From the early years of Cape Coral mostly garnered from the headlines of the Cape Coral Breeze:
* In June 1965, the Iwo Jima statue was dedicated at the Rose Gardens
* The first mass was held at the Catholic Church in August 1965.
* Celebrities Bob Hope and reigning Miss USA-World Dianna Lynn Batts made an appearance at the Rose Gardens in February 1966.
* Ground was broken for the Sunset Towers in April 1966.
* The Southland Corporation opened a 7-Eleven store on Coronado Parkway at Miramar Court in June 1966.
* In August 1966, the Miss Florida World pageant was held at the Cape Coral Yacht Club.
* The community’s first traffic light was erected in September 1966 at the corner of Cape Coral Parkway and Coronado Parkway.
* Street lights first appeared in Cape Coral in November 1966 on Cape Coral Parkway aDel Prado Boulevard.
* In August 1967, the 4 millionth vehicle crossed the Cape Coral Bridge
* A resident landed a 14-foot, 650-pound sawfish in the Caloosahatchee in May 1968.
* In December 1968, actress Kim Novak visited her parents in Cape Coral.
* In February 1969, a “Sun Country” TV special starring Hank Williams Jr. was filmed in Cape Coral.
* Big John came to town in July 1969.
* “Fantasia” was the featured film in May 1971 at Cape Coral Cinema.
* Barbara Mandrell and Johnny Paycheck perform at the Yacht Club in July 1971.
* Pat Dobson, son of Cape residents Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Dobson, earns his 20th win with the Baltimore Orioles in September 1971.
* In February 1972, a court upholds the city’s truck parking ordinance.
* Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw lead Texas to the 1972 NCAA Golf Championship at the Cape Coral Country Club in June.