Day in history for May 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Fifteen thousand believers in spiritual manifestations have petitioned congress to investigate spiritual rappings and learn for itself that unseen, occult forces may be contacted.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island County voters are asked to rally behind Judge George W. Pleasants for re-election as circuit judge. Henry County is reported to be making strong efforts to defeat him.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Illinois Medical Society has selected Rock Island as the site for its convention in 1905.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh, the Atlantic flier, and his bride, the former Anne Morrow, left on a secret flying honeymoon.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An Air Force jet bomber pilot, Capt. Frank Henss, came home to Moline last week to relax, eat his mother's cooking and play golf. Two months ago he was steering his B-47 bomber on a non-stop flight from England to March Field, Calif., at 500 miles an hour, and upwards of 35,000 feet above the sea. Henss is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Henss, 2306 19th Ave.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A newly formed ``Citizens Committee for a New Jail'' is planning an advertising blitz and a telephone campaign in an attempt to convince Rock Island County residents that a new jail is needed. County voters go to polls next Tuesday to decide whether to issue $7 million in bonds to finance construction of the proposed new lockup.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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