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: 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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