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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."

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