Day in history for August 6, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The San Francisco Californian claims that at the next election for president and vice president, the vice president should be taken from the shores of the Pacific.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Professor Hathaway resigned as principal of Rock Island High School.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The performance of ''At Cripple Creek'' at the Illinois Theater marked the opening of the theater season in Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Maj. Gen. Douglas MacArthur was appointed chief of staff of the Army by President Herbert Hoover, succeeding Gen. Charles P. Summerall.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Widespread protests were voiced in Rock Island County over plans to attempt to establish a $1,500,000 parimutuel race track on the Hoffman farm located on Highway 67, a mile and three-quarters south of Milan. The protests came mainly from the Commission on Social Action of the Council of Churches of Rock Island County.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Moline Gospel Temple at 2305 7th Ave. sustained more than $1,000 damage early today after a motorist on 7th Avenue apparently lost control of his vehicle on the wet pavement and slid into the building. A window and part of the stone foundation were damaged.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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