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 Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance. 1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.