Day in history for May 17, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Henry Clay, the venerable statesman, may survive for weeks or he may sink into the sleep of eternity at any hour, his physicians say. He has been assured that his death will not be painful. He suffers from a general wearing out of his system.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The postmaster general ruled that the New Windsor hack hereafter must pick up its load of mail at Milan, instead of at its office in Rock Island.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Twenty-five thousand vistors are expected in Rock Island next week for the Illinois encampment of Civil War veterans.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's contributions to aid sufferers in the lower Mississippi River flood total $2,000.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island camera enthusiast, E.B. Sigler, 1103 4th Ave., is the author of an article, ``Sunlight with Flash,'' appearing in the June issue of Camera magazine. In the article, Sigler describes a method of balancing sunlight and the use of flashbulbs in outdoor photography.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A replica of the ``Spirit of St. Louis'' is scheduled to make a stop at the Quad-City Airport July 24 as part of a 24,000-mile cross-country flight re-enacting Charles A. Lindbergh's historic 1927 barnstorming tour. The Experimental Aircraft Association Foundation, which built the replica, is sponsoring the tour as part of the ``living museum'' program of its aviation museum in Franklin, Wis.

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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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