Day in history for June 23, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The book ``Uncle Tom's Cabin'' has arrived at last and is on sale for $2 at H.A. Porter's.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Sunday newspapers have failed in Toledo, Ohio, because of public sentiment against Sunday reading.

1902 -- 100 years ago
B. Irvin Hayes and John A. Gustafson will open a new clothing store in Rock Island Sept. 1.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Jack Dempsey and Jack Sharkey signed a contract to box 15 rounds at the Yankee Stadium in New York on July 21.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Permanent automobile license plates for Illinois motorists were advocated by State Senator Charles F. Carpentier of East Moline, nominee for secretary of state, at the Illinois Republican convention in Springfield. Installation of such a system will save several million dollars for the overburdened taxpayers. The address by the East Moliner, who has served 14 years in the upper branch of the general assembly, was one of the highlights of the conclave. He drew an ovation after speaking only about five minutes.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Gene McCarter, athletic director at East Moline, has been picked as speaker at the 12th annual National High School Athletic Coaches Association convention in Hampton-Williamsburg, Va. He will talk on ``Excellence in Sports'' and ``Job Descriptions in Athletics.'' More than 1,000 high school coaches from more than 40 states are expected to attend the convention.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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