Day in history for May 27, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Several large buildings and two horse barns were destroyed by an early morning fire in Danville. Nine horses also perished in the blaze.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Oliver Olson, Rock Island, left the city for New York, from which point he sailed for Europe.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Phil Miller resigned as chief of police in Rock Island. He had held the office for more than 25 years.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates were tied for second place in the National League.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Americans are getting bigger, and so are their beds. Time was when a mattress 75 inches in length was considered plenty long for a good night's sleep. But now the bedding manufacturers have come up with ''supersize'' beds 82 1/2 inches long.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A state fire marshal has been summoned to investigate a fire in Rock Island that caused an estimated $80,000 damage to a downtown apartment and liquor-storage building early this morning. Fire investigators took some materials in evidence after the fire at 2029 4th Ave.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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