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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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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