Day in history for May 22, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
President Franklin Pierce has vetoed a bill passed by Congress which would have distributed 10 million acres of land among the states to establish funds for the care of the poor insane.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Captain Bates, who is 7 feet 9 inches tall, recently gave birth to a baby weighing 23 1/2 pounds. Mrs. Bates, the giantess, will be on exhibit in Davenport next month.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A gang of 35 Austrians arrived by steamboat in Davenport today, saying that an agent in St. Louis had told them there would be work for them in Davenport. The men are sleeping on the Scott County Courthouse lawn while authorities try to find jobs for them.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Wilmer T. Cox, Rock Island, a former ensign in the U.S. Navy, collapsed in a New York hotel and died in a hospital.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Pay Hayes, 15-year-old Moline High School junior Latin student, was advised she had placed first in the state Latin contest, conducted earlier this month in Bloomington.

1979 -- 25 years ago
When a confused driver smashed into Bill and Lolly's Tap at 621 4th Ave., Moline, last year, more than dust was stirred up. A solid brass cash register, barely visible under layers of dirt and grime, tumbled into the sunlight for the first time in almost 100 years. During reconstruction, more goodies were found in the old tavern's walls.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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