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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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