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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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