Day in history for June 9, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A Rock Island grocery and produce store advertised that, following the purchase of a new wagon, the store would not only make deliveries to homes and hotels, but also to small steamboats.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Barnum's ''Greatest Show on Earth'' was playing in Rock Island. Barnum's show was rated as the greatest entertainment medium of the time.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The rainfall measured 5.10 inches, the heaviest ever recorded in Rock Island in any 24 hours in June.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A scientist announced that he had discovered the cause of the common cold and had developed a cure and a preventative.

1955 -- 50 years ago
This weekend the city of Silvis will celebrate its 50th date of founding during Golden Jubilee festivities. For the occasion, a brief history has been prepared by M.W. Pennell, organizer of the first fire department and for many years fire chief, police chief and street commissioner.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Fort Armstrong Theater, Rock Island, has been entered in the National Register of Historical Places. The theater currently houses Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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