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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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