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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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