1950 - Bright's
Nursery on Whitworth Road opened on January 10. It was, at the time,
1965 - C.W.S.
1971 - Rakewood
Viaduct opened in October. It is 840 feet long and rises 140 feet above
the valley bottom
1984 - Fire broke out in the Summit Tunnel
1988 - Cyril Smith knighted
1991 - Cyril
Smith became Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester
April 23, 1999 - A dramatic police chase came to a stop a mile from the Rochdale city centre. Police began pursuing a suspicious car on the M61 near Bolton. The occupants of the car opened fire on the police car and this precipitated a 50 mile chase, during which the occupants of the car fired on a number of passersby, injuring several of them. Armed with a handgun and a Kalishnikov rifle, the fugitives twice changed cars and kidnapped a 27 year-old woman bystander. The chase ended near Rochdale when the driver finally lost control crashing the stolen BMW into a lamp pole.