Day in history for July 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
As soon as the increasing business of our city will warrant the enterprise, The Argus intends to start a daily paper. When railway cars and a telegraph become fixed facts among us, we shall commence the publication of a daily.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Democrats have selected as their candidate for sheriff George M. Luken and for coroner William Beardslee.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Two United States senators, ``Pitchfork Ben'' Tillman of South Carolina and J.R. Burton of Kansas, debated whether Negroes should be allowed to vote, as the constitution provides. The senators appeared on the Moline Chautauqua platform in Prospect Park.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Champion Gene Tunney scored a technical knockout of Tom Heeney in the 11th round of their fight in Chicago, which was a flop in regards to attendance.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A spry physician, who at 92 delivered his own son, said today hard work keeps him virile and temperance keeps him healthy. Dr. John D. Hullinger's 32-year-old wife bore him an 11-pound boy Sunday at the family home in Clinton, Iowa, and Hullinger said he was ``still rarin' to go.''

1978 -- 25 years ago
If the proposal of a special study group appointed by Governor James Thompson is accepted, the East Moline Mental Health Center may be shutting its doors. The 82-year-old institution costs about $8 million a year to run.

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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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