Day in history for April 18, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Yearly salary of the mayor of Rock Island was listed as $100; Muscatine mayor, $50; and Davenport mayor, $400.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. George G. Palmer preached at the First Methodist Church on ''Secret Discipleship.''

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island City Council referred a resolution to abolish free lunch in saloons to the incoming council. Some saloon keepers favored the move; some opposed it.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Quad-Cities subsidiary of the United Light and Power Co. released information that hinted at the ''possibility of natural gas distribution'' in the area.

1955 -- 50 years ago
World-famous scientist Albert Einstein died today. The 76-year-old world-acclaimed scientist died at Princeton Hospital at 1:15 a.m. Born in Ulm, Germany, March 14, 1879, of middle-class Jewish parents, he was swept to international fame by the theory of relativity which he devised at the age of 26.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Valspar Corp., East Moline, is in the process of more than doubling the size of its offices and laboratory to increase production capacity at the plant. Many of the Valspar paints used by major local industries are custom-made in its East Moline labs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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