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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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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