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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