Today in history for Monday, July 21, 2014

Posted Online: July 20, 2014, 10:30 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
Today is Monday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2014. There are 163 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A large meerschaum pipe with a cherry stem was lost from a man's pocket while riding about town on Friday last. The finder will be suitably rewarded.
1889 — 125 years ago: The foundry at the Rock Island Stove Works shut down this morning because of the excessive heat.
1914 — 100 years ago: The midsummer meeting of the Tri-City Press Club was held at Watch Tower Inn. New active members admitted were M.C. Fisher, W.F. Perry, H.F. Podaski, Carl Ed and Harry Stanley.
1939 — 75 years ago: The first successful color pictures of Mars, taken with special equipment by Earl Slupher, American astronomer, indicate that plant life exists on the planet.
1964 — 50 years ago: Directors of Modern Woodmen of America have approved the design and construction plans for the fraternal life insurance society's new home office building, soon to be erected on the Mississippi River shore between 17th and 15th Streets in Rock Island.
1989 — 25 years ago: Even though the Moline Riverfest Committee may take a financial licking on big entertainment at last month's fest, it probably will break even on the overall event.


Local events heading

  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.

(More History)