Day in history for July 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The city of Rock Island is advertising for bids for material to raise the level of Illinois Street (2nd Avenue) and bring it to the established city grade.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Although Ben Harper is building a magnificent opera house and thereby giving employment to many mechanics in this year of joblessness, the Rock Island City Council has refused to authorize a sewer in 16th Street from the theater to the river.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Pope Leo XIII died today at 93. He had been pope for 25 years.

1928 -- 75 years ago
J.J. Hagen of Beardstown, Ill., has been chosen to succeed R.W. Bardwell as Rock Island superintendent of public schools.

1953 -- 50 years ago
``Memorial Park is not conductive to good love making,'' Rock Island County Sheriff Morris E. Muhleman reported today. It seems that the park has suffered property damage from trespassers or in other words, would-be-lovers. The management of the park, determined to let those who have passed on rest in peace, hired a special deputy.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Angela Minas, a woman from East Moline, got an invitation to Telly Savalas' daughter's wedding. She got it from Savalas himself at the Quad-City Open. Savalas signed an autograph on her program and said the autograph was an invitation to the wedding. Savalas' daughter will be marrying Mrs. Minas' cousin's nephew in California later this month.

Back: Available days in July 2003



Local events heading








  Today is Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




(More History)