Day in history for August 17, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The official temperature reading in Rock Island was 65. The temperature was expected to drop from 8 to 10 degrees during the next 24 hours.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Friends of Peter Sherer surprised him with a party on his 45th birthday. Henry Schillinger's band played and a supper was served.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The state convention of Spanish-American war veterans assembled in Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Dale Jackson and Forest O'Brien were back on earth after completing the longest sustained air flight in history. The plane touched ground at St. Louis after having spent slightly more than 638 hours in the air.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A couple of 10-year-old World War II souvenirs aroused the suspicions of a Moline resident and police were called to inspect a hand grenade and a 37 millimeter shell. Both pieces of ammunition were found to be ''live.''

1980 -- 25 years ago
In recognition of the contributions made by Lester Roos to local history, members of the Geneseo Historical Association have planned a ''Lester Roos Day'' at the Geneseo Historical Museum. A collection of old motors and pumps, many of which were donated by Roos, will be on display.

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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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