Day in history for May 20, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
As the Alex Mitchell whistled, preparatory to landing, the sound was conducted with such force towards the bluffs, that 100 cans of peaches arranged on an upper shelf in Anderson's Grocery fell to the floor.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Fire partially destroyed two spans of the trestle on the Q road this side of the Rock River bridge. The special train returning with about 150 Moline High School pupils from the Military Tract oratorical and athletic contest was delayed several hours.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's delegation to the 31st annual convention of the Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs acquired a rival for the honor of entertaining the federation in its 1927 convention, the rival being Danville.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island man is minus a portion of his nose today. Last night he peered through an open but barred window separating a rest room and another room at Bea's Bowery. He had the misfortune of looking through the window at the same time a dog peered through the window in the opposite side. The dog snapped and the top of his nose was severed.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Sabrina Moore, daughter of Mrs. Jane Moore, Rock Island, will receive the Girl Scouts of the USA Honorable Mention Lifesaving Award in ceremonies at Camp Shabonee. While she was riding on a school bus with other students, one of the other girls had a serious asthma attack. After giving first aid measures to the ill girl, Miss Moore went home with her and gave her needed medication.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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