Day in history for July 26, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A French soldier was knocked down by the wind from a cannon ball. The effect was so severe that it caused a paralysis of the tongue so that he could not speak.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island was having its hottest summer in many years.

1905 -- 100 years ago
At a special meeting of the city council, the mayor was instructed to proceed with the raising of funds for the construction of a local and interurban transit waiting station at Market Square.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. E.G. Don of Rock Island bowed to Mrs. A. Pardue of Sioux City, 10th ranking American woman golfer, 3-2, in the semi-finals of the Iowa Women's Golf Tournament.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Saturday's ''flood'' in the East Moline business district was blamed today on an abnormally high runoff of rain water from parched ground in the hill districts. Unofficial estimates of the amount of rain falling in less than an hour ran as high as three inches.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Firemen from Port Byron and Hampton battled a blaze that destroyed a barn at Rapids City. The barn, owned by William McClure, contained hay. Firefighters were called at 11:30 a.m. and found the building engulfed in flames.

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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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