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: 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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