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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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