Day in history for September 28, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Yesterday afternoon, a little past 4, a Mr. Brooks rode in a balloon over the twin-cities, descending in about a half hour on the prairie back of Davenport. Nearly 3,000 persons watched the exhibition.

1880 -- 125 years ago
''Deception,'' a society play by the Piercy combination, was the attraction at the Harper Theater tonight.

1905 -- 100 years ago
By remodeling the former dining room on the second floor of the Rock Island House, the establishment has been provided with a fine ballroom.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Amateur League football season opened at Douglas Park with two games.

1955 -- 50 years ago
All employees at East Moline State Hospital will go on a 40-hour week beginning Saturday, it was announced this morning by Dr. Armin H. Wolff, superintendent of the hospital. Those affected most by the change will be the attendants and student nurses who had been on a 48-hour schedule.

1980 -- 25 years ago
When Ray Michael drives his car through Bettendorf, people stop and stare. Michael and a handful of his 14 employees at the Michael Co. began building prototypes about three years ago until they finished their latest, and ''best,'' electric model last month.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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