Day in history for May 12, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Maine liquor law, which would prohibit the sale of alcoholic liquor, has been killed in the New York legislature.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Dr. Calvin Truesdale, B.D. Buford and J.S. Drake, members of Gideon's Band, attended the annual meeting of the directors of that Bible organization at Island Wild near Burlington, Wis.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Terms of officers were changed from six months to a year as the Tri-City Labor Congress revised its by-laws.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Federal agents posed as coal miners to obtain evidence on which they arrested 20 Tri-City persons on charges of violating the liquor prohibition law.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Ritz Theater's 30-year life in Rock Island will end with tonight's performances. It became the third Quad-Cities theater to close in the last month.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Fourteen-year-old Jeanne Coral, Moline, is alive today because her cousin and classmate at John Deere Junior High School took some pretty good notes during a health education class. Jeanne was sucking on a jawbreaker when suddenly it became lodged in her throat. A group of students noticed she was having difficulty breathing and began slapping her on the back. Suddenly, 14-year-old Jack Myers came out of nowhere and applied the lifesaving Heimlich maneuver. Jack said he's never saved anybody's life before, but now he's making plans that might put him in that role permanently.

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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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