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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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