Day in history for May 30, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
D.T. Thorp, of Holland Publishing Co., Chicago, is in town and is delivering to subscribers the new Rock Island and Moline directory.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Seniors of Rock Island High School held their class day exercises at the YMCA auditorium.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Twelve candidates for the ministry of the Augustana Synod were awarded the bachelor of divinity degrees at Augustana Theological Seminary.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Residents of Mercer Unit School District, No. 201, will vote June 16 on a proposed $932,000 building program which would include a new high school and four rural attendance centers. Petitions for the referendum with more than twice the necessary number of names have been filed with the district board of education. The proposed high school is part of an overall improvement program for the entire district, developed by the school board to solve the problem of overcrowding and inadequate equipment.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Quad City Nuclear Power Station near Cordova is one of 58 power plants around the country that have been placed on alert against the possibility of takeover by terrorists. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington revealed that it sent a message warning the station, along with other nuclear power plants around the country, to alert security forces to the possibility that extremists might try to seize a nuclear plant.

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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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