Day in history for July 30, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A team, used in moving James Broderick's house, became frightened at a locomotive on the St. Louis Road, and ran down Illinois Street as far as Nichol's boarding house, where the horses ran into a vegetable wagon.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Veterinary surgeons are just now busy doctoring the many equines suffering with the grip, catarrhal fever, influenza, or whatever it is that is at present raging among the unfortunate beasts.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Quad-Cities is in danger of losing air mail service unless there is an increase in the amount of mail sent from this territory.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The Fort Theater has installed a complete new projection system and is using the equipment for the first time with the current feature, it was announced today by W. Rod McCulloch Jr., manager. Included in the improvements are a new RCA sound reproducing system, a larger even-light screen and a new projector mechanism with special lenses. Rock Island movie fans can now enjoy the same high standard of sound as that in the finest theater in the world, Radio City Music Hall, New York City.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Ronnie Redell say's he sure he doesn't want another piece of watermelon this summer. The 9-year-old gobbled seven pieces during a watermelon eating contest at Silvis Park to claim the championship. All six contestants, dripping with juice at the end, moaned they had eaten too much.

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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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