Day in history for June 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A serious affray took place six or seven miles east of Knoxville in which a club and knife were used. A Mr. Gullett was seriously and fatally wounded.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Athletic Club will stage its first travesty on Romeo and Juliet at Peoria on June 19.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Ten-year-old Hatwig Bodenstedt of South Rock Island waited in a buggy holding the reins of the horse while her mother called at the Harms Hotel. A passing train frightened the horse and it ran away, throwing out Hatwig at 7th Ave. The little girl suffered principally from shock and fright.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Herbert Hoover was reported tightening his hold on delegates at the National Republican Convention at Kansas City.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A drive to make Rock Island youths conscious of the dangers involved in standing in streets to hitch rides is currently being conducted by Rock Island police. In the past two days, five youths have received suspended $10 fines in Rock Island police court on hitchhiking counts.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Wilbur Bender doesn't read Flemish, so when he received a letter last month from the Belgian consulate in Chicago, it was some time before he learned he is to be named a Knight in the Order of Leopold II. Bender said he believes the award was made for his work as president for 15 years of the Belgian American Brothers, Rock Island.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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