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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

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