Day in history for August 24, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The new bridge spanning the Rock River is nearing completion faster than expected and plans are being made for its grand opening within 3 weeks.

1880 -- 125 years ago
B.H. Truesdall was nominated for congress at the Democratic convention in Geneseo, although convention officials said that P.L. Cable could have had the nomination unanimously if he had desired.

1905 -- 100 years ago
James McKinney of Aledo was nominated for congress by the Republican convention at Bushnell. He defeated Frank G. Allen of Moline.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Two bandits who robbed the Old Farmers and Merchants Bank at Hillsdale were captured by a posse of nearly 200 men armed with machine guns and rifles.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A complete new line of meat products, under the brand name Fore-Pac, is now being manufactured by the Foremost Packing Co., East Moline. Star of the Fore-Pac line is the new cheesefurter.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-Cities first locally-originating public radio station is scheduled to begin operations at 6 a.m. Monday with a lineup of classical music and public affairs programming. WVIK, operated by Augustana College, will broadcast on 90.1 FM.

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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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