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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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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