Day in history for August 4, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Rev. J. Clark, of near LeClaire, was struck by lightning and killed instantly. Witnesses said the lightning entered the house through a stovepipe.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Lyman Trumbull, Democratic candidate for governor of Illinois, and other candidates for state posts, held a reception at the Harper House. Prominent Democrats from all over the district were in attendance.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Argus published some reminiscences of the legal profession in Rock Island by William Jackson.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Light showers in the Quad-Cities afforded only slight relief from the burning heat wave which the day before sent the mercury to 103-degrees to break all August records in the 60 year history of the U.S. Weather Bureau.

1955 -- 50 years ago
One of Rock Island's parking meters, missing for 6 months, has been returned. It was found in a yard in Davenport. Davenport police traced its source to Rock Island by the type of meter.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Moline Police Department looked something like a greenhouse after officers confiscated 11 houseplants in an arrest about 2 this morning. The plants were stolen from the front porches of 2 Moline homes.

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