Day in history for May 20, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
It was announced that a public hall, 40x70 feet, was to be built in Rock Island.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Commodore John L. Cockle of the Mississippi Valley Amateur Rowing Association and F. Baker of the Peoria Boat Club were in Rock Island looking over the regatta course.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The ''Musical Goodmans'' were appearing in vaudeville at the Illinois Theater.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island relatives received word of the death of Admiral Godfrey S. Blocklinger, 82, retired United States Naval Officer.

1955 -- 50 years ago
All persons employed in Moline establishments where food and drinks are served are required to take chest X-rays and the list of those who are X-rayed will be checked against lists of employees and operators to see that everyone complies with the regulation.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island officials are finding citizen support for a city plan to slap property owners with $50 fines for letting trash accumulate in their yards. Members of the Community Caring Conference asked councilmen to step up enforcement of the city's health code.

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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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