Day in history for August 31, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The recent disclosures about the threatened revolution in Cuba are known to be sufficiently grave to have attracted the serious attention of the Spanish minister at Washington.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Five new gas lamps were put up yesterday and 13 naphtha lamps were put up today in Rock Island.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Sash and Door Works raised its capital stock from $50,000 to $100,000.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A surf riding exhibition has been added to the feature attractions of the water pageant at the Rock Island County Agricultural and Industrial Exposition at Black Hawk's Watch Tower.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The five Geifman markets in Rock Island, Moline and East Moline have merged with Tenenbom's Inc. to form a single corporation. There are eight Tenenbom stores in the Quad-Cities, Clinton and Dubuque. The transaction does not involve the Davenport Geifman food stores, which are owned by another company.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Twenty some years ago, John Mendoza of Moline sent in a box top and 50 cents to get his first magic trick. Today, the former Moliner is a professional magician. Mendoza will present two homecoming performances at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose College. Mendoza has put together one of the biggest and most elaborate illusion shows to hit the entertainment world.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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