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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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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