Day in history for May 19, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
John McGovern of Orion had a new buggy and harness stolen. The rig was valued at $350.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Passenger officials of trunk lines running out of Chicago are considering having church services on the trains.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Miss Vedis Brooks, a senior at Rock Island High School, won first honors in the Big Eight stenographic contest.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A display of military, naval and air strength lasting all day will mark the Quad-Cities observance tomorrow of the first annual Armed Forces Day, proclaimed by President Truman to publicize unity among the three separate services. One of the features will be the appearance of a huge B-36 global bomber along with 40 other bombers, fighters and cargo carriers. Quad-Cities residents will be treated to the most impressive exhibition of aerial strength in many years when flights of bombers and fighter planes wing over the area.

1975 -- 25 years ago
The Mississippi River slipped below flood stage today leaving behind cleanup work. Moline street department crews were out cleaning up River Drive and removing portions of the earthen dike constructed along the street from 52nd to 55th streets. In figures released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it was estimated that the emergency levee prevented an additional $80,000 in flood damage in Moline.

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1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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