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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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