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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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