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 Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.

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