Day in history for May 4, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The night express train into Rock Island was an hour-and-a-half behind, having been delayed by a freight train off the tracks at Colorado, Illinois.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A new and enlarged railroad schedule went into operation in Rock Island.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Lt. and Mrs. James B. Dilliard left Rock Island for their home in Ft. Riley, Kansas, accompanied by Col. James L. Dusk, Mrs. Dilliard's father.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Pittsburgh Pirates held a three game lead in the National League pennant race while Washington paced the American loop.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Quad-City Airport today was ''temporary base'' for four new H-21 Piasecki helicopters of the Air Force due to a combination of mechanical failure, bad weather and lack of facilities at a rival airport.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Sunshine, smiles and plenty of ribbons brightened the Mississippi Valley Special Olympics Saturday at Black Hawk College. Over 200 athletes competed in bowling, gymnastics, swimming and track events in the Illinois Quad-Cities' first-ever competition for mentally handicapped athletes.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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