Day in history for June 8, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The National Grand Lodge of the American Association met in convention in Rock Island and was attended by delegates from many states.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Officers were elected by the Rock Island High School Alumni Association: Paul Hamilton, president; E.B. McKown, vice president; Miss Ella Taylor, secretary, and Miss Ada Cook, treasurer.

1905 -- 100 years ago
W.J. Knauer was elected to head Arsenal Lodge 274, Brotherhood of Railroad Carmen.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A major broadcasting company beamed the blow-by-blow description of the Jack Sharkey-Max Schmeling heavyweight championship fight to Germany via short wave.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Stella Duytschaever, Rock Island, incurred a minor head injury when four cars of an 11-car Rock Island Lines train rolled over her on the westbound tracks at 12th Street in Moline.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Illinois UPI Editors Saturday presented the first Len H. Small Memorial Award for Community Service Journalism to Lee Strobel of the Chicago Tribune. Strobel was cited for a series of stories on the controversy surrounding the Ford Pinto.

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