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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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