Day in history for June 4, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A young lawyer in Rock Island went to the polls to vote and deposited a physician's prescription in the ballot box, then went to the drug store and offered his ballot for a prescription.

1880 -- 125 years ago
''The Widow Bedott'' was the attraction at Harper's Theater.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dave Smith, elevator operator at the Modern Woodmen office, fell down the elevator shaft from the first floor to the basement and sustained scalp wounds.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Blenheim, an 18-1 shot, won the 151st running of the English Derby before a half-million spectators at Epsom Downs, England.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A threat to bomb the new W.T. Grant Store in downtown Moline unless it changed its hours of operating was ascribed by police to a crank. The store is the only downtown business to remain open Friday nights.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Someone jacked up a new car and removed four tires and wheels at Key Buick-Pontiac, 3700 16th St., Moline. The loss of the wheels and damage to the car when it apparently slipped from a jack was estimated at about $900.

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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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