Day in history for July 5, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
There was no lack of refreshments on the Fourth. The hotels were well patronized.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Rev. G.B. Simons, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Rock Island, left for Columbus, Ohio.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A baseball game between farmers residing in the upper and lower parts of the county will be one of the features of the annual picnic of the Rock Island County Farm Bureau.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Two Davenport residents were fined $15 each this morning in Rock Island police court for disturbing the peace last night by throwing illegal fireworks from a car at 11th Street and 21st Avenue, Rock Island. The youths were arrested by state police. An Alexis youth, arrested last evening on a similar charge involving illegal fireworks thrown from a car, faces a hearing in police court Saturday.

1976 -- 25 years ago
At least five people were injured by short-falling fireworks during a display at Soule Bowl, souring an otherwise perfect day of festivities in East Moline. Four of the people were injured when aerial displays exploded near the ground, showering spectators in the grassy area of the northwest side of the bowl with flaming material. A fireworks firm employee was apparently burned when a pyrotechnic exploded on the ground. Other people were also treated for ashes and other materials that fell in their eyes while watching the display. They did not require hospital treatment.

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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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