Day in history for May 20, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
At Louisville, Ky., a young man named Ward shot to death a teacher, Mr. Butler, in the schoolroom because Prof. Butler had punished Ward's brother. When a jury found Ward innocent, a mob demolished a portion of the Ward family mansion and set fire to it.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The United Workmen, who will have a hall in the new armory, will dedicate their headquarters June 12.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Because of the rivalry between them, two circus companies, Ringling Brothers and Barnum And Bailey, will show in the Tri-Cities this summer. This circus war will lead to plastering these cities under tons of posters.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Jean Totten, 11, won the Rock Island jacks tournament.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island was in a position to claim a first in Illinois dogdom circles thanks to the efforts of a native son toy fox terrier named ''Purple Ribbon Spellmeyer's Little Captain.'' The achievement he brings to Rock Island is that of being the first champion toy fox terrier male in the state of Illinois in history.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Department of Health, Education and Welfare is investigating Moline High School for sex discrimination in interscholastic athletics. The department is acting upon a complaint from Tom Liljegren, 3330 14th St., Moline, that girls' interscholastic schedules at Moline High School are much shorter than boys'.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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