Day in history for April 14, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Davenport, by a majority of 10, elected a Maine Law candidate. Most of the aldermen chosen also are in favor of forbidding the sale of alcoholic liquors.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Frederick Paulding, in ''The Merchants of Venice,'' filled an engagement in Harper's Theater.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Rabbi W.H. Rinescriber, lecturing under auspices of the Tri-City Press Club, referred to Russia as ''a giant gone mad.''

1930 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Ada Brackett Schwatka, widow of an Arctic explorer, died in her Rock Island home.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A cold bolt of lightning, which struck the residence of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Roberts, 606 18th St., Rock Island, about 7:15 last night caused an estimated $300 damage. The lightning caused no fire but ripped a hole in the roof, splintered rafters, damaged a chimney and melted asphalt shingles together.

1980 -- 25 years ago
It started at 3:38 this morning when a low pressure system moving north collided with a cold air mass sweeping eastward across the Plains states. And by mid-morning about four inches of snow buried spring flowers, closed interstate highways and delayed air and ground traffic in the Quad-Cities. Another one or two inches is expected this afternoon.

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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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