Day in history for June 26, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
From sundown last night to nearly daylight this morning the air was bright with flashes of lightning, and during the night we had some heavy thunder and a copious fall of rain.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Ticket Agent F.H. Plummer of the Rock Island Road was given a leave of absence to go to Manitou, Colo. for the summer.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Five hundred persons attended the golden anniversary dinner of the State Bar Association.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Ernest Kivisto, coach of the Miami, Ariz., state high school basketball champions, today became the new cage mentor at United Township High School, East Moline. He replaces Don Smith, who recently resigned from the head coaching job. Kivisto was hailed as the ``coach of the year'' in Arizona high school circles this year when he piloted his Vandals to a string of 27 straight victories and the state championship.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County officials were seeking information today on the person or persons responsible for causing an estimated $3,000 to $4,000 damage to the home of the director of the Niabi Zoo. Vandals smashed windows in the kitchen and living room, tore off ceiling tile in the kitchen, gouged the gas range and refrigerator and disfigured walls with crayons, paint and other materials. The home was occupied until recently by former Zoo Director Al Coggins, who was fired by county officials early this week.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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