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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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