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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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