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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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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