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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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