Day in history for July 14, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A man was arrested for violating the city ordinance of racing horses in the street. He paid a $2 fine and costs and was released. Later, he told friends that even after being fined he had still made a handsome profit. Seems the race wasn't just for fun.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Tony Pastor's Variety Show played to a packed house at Harper's Theater.

1905 -- 100 years ago
A group of young people, chaperoned by Mrs. A. Anderson, left Rock Island to spend several weeks on Campbell's Island at a camp to be called ''Camp Rocky Eye.''

1930 -- 75 years ago
The mercury took a nosedive in the Quad-Cities over the weekend. From a reading of 100 degrees at 3:34 Saturday afternoon, the temperature fell 44 degrees to rest at 56 Monday morning.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police continued their search for a woman motorist who in the past four days has bilked three gas stations out of a total of $6.35 worth of gasoline.

1980 -- 25 years ago
About 900 cyclists from across the Midwest braved 90-degree heat this weekend as they pedaled their way from Riverdale, Iowa, to Dubuque and back during the third annual two-day bicycle Tour of the Mississippi River Valley.

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