Day in history for April 20, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Austin Corbin, besides being an actor and lawyer over in Davenport, has now become a banker there. (In later years Corbin became a New York financier and railroad executive. He conceived and founded the Coney Island Resort.)

1879 -- 125 years ago
Women are circulating a petition to the legislature to allow women to vote on the liquor question.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Attractions booked by the Rock Island YMCA for next season's entertainment series are: The Haskell Indian Band; Lorado Taft, sculptor; Lulu Tyler Gates and her company of musicians; Germaine, the wizard; the Byron Troubadours; and Dr. A.A. Willits, apostle of sunshine.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The poison deaths of 10 dogs in Moline and Rock Island led the Tri-City Beagles and Kennel Club to offer a reward of $200 for the arrest and conviction of poisoners.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The era of color television has officially arrived in the Quad-City area. It burst into full bloom at 11 a.m. Easter Sunday at the L.A. Baumgartner home at 1624 Cedar St., Davenport. Baumgartner is the RCA-Victor distributor of eastern Iowa and western Illinois. He invited his neighbors and friends to share the experience.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Hungry thieves took a cooler full of food from a couple camping out Saturday morning at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, but left them some beer to drown their sorrows.

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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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