Day in history for June 13, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Residents of Port Byron will celebrate the battle of Bunker Hill with an excursion and picnic on the steamer Diamond Joe.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The first of a series of summer concerts was given at the Watch Tower Park in Rock Island by Albert Peterson's orchestra.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Standard Plumbing Manufacturing Co. of Pittsburgh leased the former Hill Furniture building in the 1600 block on 2nd Avenue, Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Sammy made it. Sammy, a striped alley cat owned by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lesage, 1629 13th Street, Moline, evidently became worried when his owners began packing to move to Danville, Ill., last week, so he hopped into the moving van and went to sleep. His disappearance worried his owners, but after looking high and low for the cat, they finished packing and left. When the movers started unpacking the van in Danville, out jumped Sammy.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Tony Lasek, East Moline, spent the day avoiding black cats, walking around ladders and throwing salt over his shoulder. He noted his 13th birthday, Friday the 13th. ``The only thing unlucky for me about today is that my mom told me at age 13 I could quit having parties.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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