Day in history for August 18, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The District of Columbia paid the final installment on the Holland Debt, a loan for the construction of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Crews of the steamers M. Whitmore and Little Eagle staged a fight on the levee. Henry Wilson, of Montrose, Iowa, was badly injured.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Daniel Walker, who lived 4 miles south of Milan, drowned in the Rock River near the steel dam.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Eddie Schneider, an 18-year-old Jersey City youth, set a junior record for the fastest westward crossing of the United States in an airplane. He flew from New York City to Los Angeles in 29 hours and 41 minutes.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The old Rock Island Arsenal cafeteria, where Col. Charles A. Lindbergh and other notables have been honored in years past, is being demolished. The building housed the arsenal cafeteria for 28 years before the cafeteria was moved in 1946 to its present location.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-City region got nearly a month's worth of rainfall Saturday as almost continuous showers dumped 2.8 inches of precipitation on the area. The average rainfall for August is 3.37 inches, but 6.61 inches already has fallen with the month only half over.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."

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