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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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