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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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