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.

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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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