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: 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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