Day in history for May 22, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The New York potato market is glutted. Ten thousand barrels of potatoes are lying on the docks and can't be sold for cost. Potato speculators are wearing long faces.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Friends serenaded Mr. and Mrs. George Wagner, who will leave in a few days on a trip to Germany.

1902 -- 100 years ago
At a campfire held in the Illinois Theater, Rock Island, the state G.A.R. delegates heard speeches by three governors, a former governor, and General Eli Torrance, national commander of Civil War veterans. Judge H.M. Trimble was elected Illinois department commander.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Because of public excitement when Charles Lindbergh safely flew the Atlantic, the Rock Island switchboards handled a record 60,000 calls in one day.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Tomorrow is Tim Moore day on WHBF-TV, and the star of the CBS-TV Amos and Andy show, who is spending two weeks in his hometown of Rock Island, will appear on the 3:30 House Party show. The Kingfish will be presented one of the famous keys to Rock Island by Mayor Melvin McKay, and Herbert E. Wilson, president of the chamber of commerce, will give official greetings from the community.

1977 -- 25 years ago
What a number of persons, including a Rock Island policeman, termed an unidentified flying object high above Rock Island, apparently was a planet, a spokesman for the Quad-City Airport Control Tower said today.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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