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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