ROCK ISLAND -- A U.S. Navy band has been forced to pull out of the Red, White & Boom celebrations in Rock Island because of government spending cutbacks known as sequestration.
The Horizon Great Lakes Navy Band was due to play at Schwiebert Park on July 3 as part of the annual festivities.
But Rock Island parks director Bill Nelson said he has been told that the band would not be coming because of the sequester.
The Department of Defense has reduced spending on aerial demonstrations, bands and color guards as a result of the cutbacks. Sequestration slashed $85 billion in federal spending for the 2013 fiscal year after lawmakers failed to reach a compromise to avoid across-the-board budget reductions.
Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.