Day in history for May 19, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The dredge boats, Lowell and Hercules, which have been at work taking out the piers and embankment of the old railroad bridge, have finished their job.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Argus announced its intention of renovating its quarters during the summer months.

1926 -- 75 years ago
By nearly a two-thirds majority, business and professional men of Rock Island have voted in favor of the adoption of the daylight saving time schedule for the Tri-Cities.

1951 -- 50 years ago
In scores of speeches and a display of flexing military muscle the nation today paid tribute to its unified armed forces at home and on the field of battle in Korea. A monstrous B-36 bomber, one of the United States' foremost aircraft, flew over Rock Island this morning in salute to the Quad-City area on Armed Forces Day. Later a squadron of smaller, 2-engine craft buzzed the city in greeting. The B-36, a 6-engine powerhouse, passed over the Fort Armstrong Hotel area.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The largest gift in St. Ambrose College's 94-year history will be used to develop new programs, including some for women, minorities, and gifted students. Only $100,000 of the $1.5 million grant will be used for equipment, Dr. William J. Bakrow, college president, said, with the remainder of the money going to fund ``ideas.'' St. Ambrose is one of 34 colleges to receive such a grant this year. About 1,000 schools applied.

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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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