Day in history for July 21, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Savana, up this morning with a tow of coal barges, lost her wheel when one of the driving shafts broke just as she passed the bridge.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Arsenal shops resumed work, after a two-week shutdown, the men having enjoyed their first vacation with pay under the new law.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Four businessmen, John W. Dee, Dale N. Johnson, John B. Hawley and Harry E. Long, have undertaken the job of guiding the Rock Island Independents through their first year in the American League of professional football clubs.

1951 -- 50 years ago
How would you like to live 730 miles from your work and commute to your home on weekends in less than two hours? It is done and proof of it is furnished by Lt. Loren Parry, 28, a Navy jet-fighter pilot who is stationed at Whiting Field, Pensacola, Fla., and whose family lives in Moline. For the last three Saturdays Lt. Parry has hopped into his F-80 Shooting Star at Pensacola after breakfast and has been in Moline by mid-morning.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Moline's 12th Avenue would become part of ``Bicentennial Way'' through Moline, East Moline and Silvis if the city approves a proposal from the Bicentennial Commission. The avenue would be renamed along with 30th Avenue, East Moline, and 11th Avenue, Silvis, to form the Bicentennial Way. The proposal is expected to go before the city council tonight for consideration.

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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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