Day in history for August 16, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Argus carried a front-page story saying that the American people are the most lavish and wasteful in the world. The story contended that Americans ate enough in one day to last Europeans for two days.

1880 -- 125 years ago
J.H. Strong, of Rock Island, was robbed of his gold watch and chain and $300 in a hotel at Danville. On retiring, he had placed the valuables and money under his pillow. Their absence was discovered in the morning.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Argus reported that James McKinney of Aledo would be nominated by the Republicans for congress.

1930 -- 75 years ago
War veterans were the guests as the 78th Illinois State Fair opened. Gov. Louis L. Emerson entertained a large group of officers and extended the greetings to the assembled veterans before the grandstand.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A $15,200,000 aluminum foil rolling facility will be installed by Aluminum Company of America at its Davenport Works.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Steve Zuidema, 31, of rural Morrison, captured the Premier Exhibitor award in the men's division of the baking contest at the Whiteside County Fair this week. He's won the men's contest for the past three years.

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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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