Day in history for July 18, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Chicago's population has grown to 66,000, a gain of 5,000 in half a year.

1879 -- 125 years ago
George H. Parsons is very ill of cholera morbus.

1904 -- 100 years ago
On the first of August the welcome hum of the plant of the Moline Plow Company will again be heard, for that is the intention of the management at the present time. As many men as work can be found for will be employed. Already a great many orders for the famous Moline plows have been received and the outlook for this season is as good, if not better, than it has been for some time.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Prizes totaling $1,500 will be given to winning drum and bugle corps contestants when the Illinois American Legion convenes in Rock Island in September.

1954 -- 50 years ago
For the first time in history of the Davenport parks, there's a Rhesus monkey that can make a jump from the deep water surrounding Monkey Island in Fejervary Park, and find himself landside. The group on the island at present think nothing of dunking themselves occasionally and then climbing back on the island. Now, one is going a jump further.

1979 -- 25 years ago
An outbreak of parvo, a virus which causes the death of unborn baby pigs, has been report in this area in epidemic like proportions. Dr. Tom Wilcox, veterinarian at Preemption Veterinary Clinic said death losses due to parvo, a type of smetty, are very high.

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