Day in history for July 9, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The citizens of Dubuque celebrated the completion of the Illinois Central Railroad and the lighting of the city with gas by a barbecue and other festivities.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Davenport Gazette said of Rock Island: ''The streets of that city, during the past two years, have been placed in the best condition for travel ever known.''

1905 -- 100 years ago
A Supreme Tribunal of the Fraternal Tribunes was in session in Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Quad-City boxing fans got their first glimpse of Primo Carnera, the 285 pound giant from Italy, who fought two exhibition matches at the Palmer School outdoor arena. Also on the fight card that night was Kid Leonard of East Moline.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The tail of a tornado quite possibly fanned Fair Acres Addition, south of Silvis, early this morning as a brief thunder and lightning storm broke a nine-day heat wave which drove the temperature up to the year's high of 96 degrees yesterday.

1980 -- 25 years ago
There's good news for motorists who use Wolf Road northwest of Geneseo. The bridge over Elk Creek near Illinois 82 is going to be replaced.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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