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 Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.