Day in history for August 26, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The steamship North Star arrived in New York Harbor. The boat left Southhampton, England, on the 11th, making the trip across the Atlantic Ocean in 15 days.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Voters of Rock Island were addressed by the Rev. Jackson Blackburn under the auspices of the Garfield Club.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Closing exercises of the Rock Island County Teachers Institute were held at the high school. Professor Redway's topic was ''Railways.'' Professor O'Shea spoke of ''Discipline.''

1930 -- 75 years ago
Hack Wilson, Chicago Cub outfielder, hit his 44th home run of the season to establish a new National League record and also tied Babe Ruth for the leadership in the 1930 home run derby.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The new terminal building at Quad-City Airport housed a 2-million-dollar ''business'' in its first full year of operation. This figure was one of the highlights of a fiscal-year report by George Kirk, Airport Manager, to commissioners of the Metropolitan Airport Authority.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island's Sunset Marina is expected to receive a $120,000 grant from the State Department of Conservation this week to improve and expand boat launch facilities.

Back: Available days in August 2005



Local events heading








  Today is Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




(More History)