Day in history for June 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Almost everybody is building board or gravel sidewalks in front of their property, as ordered by the Rock Island council. The town is beginning to look quite civilized.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Chicago White Stockings baseball team defeated the Davenport Nine, 9 to 8. The Chicago boys are superior at the bat while the Davenport boys look better in the field.

1903 -- 100 years ago
When the Illinois child labor law goes into effect July 1, the Rock Island superintendent of schools will register all boys in the city. Boys under 14 years of age may not work in factories, thereafter and those under 16 will be limited to eight hours a day and 48 hours a week.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Nomination of Al Smith of New York as the Democratic candidate for president appears near at the party's convention in Houston, Texas.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A proposed 174-car off-street parking area in a portion of Spencer Square, Rock Island, won't be carried out until the federal government completes condemnation of the square, Mayor Carl F. Bauer announced today.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Moline Boys Choir Director Kermit Wells received a surprise birthday ``card'' from parents welcoming the group home after a 10-day eastern tour Tuesday night. Some 40 parents, brothers and sisters of choir members held the 96-foot banner across the Sears parking lot, waiting for the bus to arrive.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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