Day in history for May 25, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The first of the new $3 gold pieces have arrived. One side has an Indian head, the other side bears a wreath of wheat, corn, oak leaves and acorns.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The decision has been made to light all the main streets of Washington with electric lights.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, has resigned because of ill health.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The cornerstone of the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Moline was laid at impressive Masonic ceremonies.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A U.S. Appeals Court rejected an Illinois doctor's contention that the draft of doctors is unconstitutional. The court refused a writ of habeas corpus to free Dr. William R. Bertelsen of Moline and Neponset from the Army. Bertelsen is serving as a private at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, because he refused a commission.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A wide-bodied DC-10 jetliner crashed into a fireball Friday seconds after takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in the worst air disaster in U.S. history. There were no survivors. The death toll was set by American Airlines at 272, 259 passengers, three crew members and 10 flight attendants. Flight 191, bound for Los Angeles, lost a left wing engine and veered to the left as it took off from runway 32-R. It came down almost in the middle of three mobile home parks 1 1/2 miles from the field.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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