Day in history for May 21, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Argus endorses Stephen A. Douglas for president, Joel A. Mattson for governor, and Gustavus P. Koerner for lieutenant governor.

1877 -- 125 years ago
A Moody and Sankey service of song was held in Dart's Hall Sunday afternoon. Hiram Price, Davenport businessman, delivered the sermon.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The 36th annual encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic of Illinois began a 3-day session here today. General N.B. Thistlewood, commander, will preside. Many distinguished soldiers of the Civil War arrived this morning.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Lindbergh lands in Paris. Captain Charles Lindbergh landed safely at 10:21 p.m. (Paris time), completing his non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic in 33 hours. A frenzied crowd of 50,000 welcomed Lindy and his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Schools in Illinois should stop selling candy, gum and sweetened beverages, the president of the Illinois State Dental Society told that group's 68th annual convention. Dr. Melford E. Zinser of Chicago said that sugar free foods such as nuts, potato chips and milk should be substituted for sweets to help prevent tooth decay.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Army demolition experts have been called to dispose of an old shell found in a Silvis man's yard. The corroded shell, 8 inches long and 2 inches in diameter, was unearthed by Norman Neuleib, 119 10th St.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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