Day in history for May 28, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Some boat passed with a tow of ice this morning but as it was early and she did not stop here the name could not be learned.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The site for the new Illinois Theater in Rock Island was surveyed.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Aided by a strong wind, the southbound air mail plane flew from Chicago to the Moline Airport in the record time of 68 minutes.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Owners of recent model Ford cars have something new to worry about. Youths are reported taking the name emblems from the front of the cars to make belt buckles. D.S. Whittenberg, 714 4th Ave., Moline, told police that he lost one yesterday afternoon and police added the comment that dozens have been stolen, but not reported in recent weeks.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Suddenly, there it was -- big, round, shiny, sitting in a field near the Neal Fitch residence in Rapids City. The object of this curiosity is a large, relatively lightweight aluminum ball which now has become a plaything for Fitch's son and his friends. The ball is about 4 1/2 feet in diameter, with a soldered seam encircling it. On either half there are little round humps, various caps and corks, and other paraphernalia. Fitch thinks it might have been part of a weather balloon device.

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1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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