Today in history for Sunday, July 20, 2014

Posted Online: July 19, 2014, 6:39 pm
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Today is Sunday, July 20, the 201st day of 2014. There are 164 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: The mercury on Friday indicated 96 degrees above 0, and on Sunday morning 56 degrees above 0 a change of 40 degrees.
1889 — 125 years ago: Peter Carlson, a former glass worker, was appointed a Rock Island police officer by Mayor McConchie.
1914 — 100 years ago: Herbert Roe, of Evanston, Ill., was named physical director of Rock Island high school by the Board of Education.
1939 — 75 years ago: Mars will be the closer to the earth than it has been for 15 years on Sunday, according to Carl Gamble, of Moline, president of the Popular Astronomy club.
1964 — 50 years ago: A Rock Island firm has made a big hit in the really big league at the New York World's Fair. A.L. Tunick, President of Chicken Delight Inc., which has its national offices at 11th St. and 27th Ave., Rock Island, boasts that a new Chicken Delight restaurant established at the Oklahoma Pavilion about a month ago is getting the raves, as well as plenty of customers.
1989 — 25 years ago: What is every American's dream? It's winning the lottery, buying a bottle of Dom Perignon 76, retiring and attending millionaire lottery reunions. Two Quad-Citians, Jim Boetje, of Milan, and Eunice Youngblood, of East Moline, experienced the dream when they won the Illinois State Lottery. Mr. Boetje won a $1.2 million dollar pot, and Mrs. Youngblood won $1.7 million.


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  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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