Day in history for September 8, 2005
- 1855 -- 150 years ago
- A total of 64 persons died of yellow fever in Norfolk, Va. A committee of city officials was enroute to Washington to ask the president to have the rest of the city's inhabitants evacuated to Ft. Monroe.
- 1880 -- 125 years ago
- Union services in the courthouse square on the part of the Protestant churches of Rock Island were inaugurated at 4 in the afternoon.
- 1905 -- 100 years ago
- Mayor McCaskrin recognized one of his opponents in the mayoral race last night by naming James W. Cavanaugh superintendent of waterworks.
- 1930 -- 75 years ago
- Automobile races provided thrills for more than 4,000 persons at the Mercer County Fair at Aledo. Bryan Saulpaugh, Rock Island driver, hung up a new record for the half-mile dirt track when he traveled the distance in 28 seconds.
- 1955 -- 50 years ago
- Work is expected to start this fall on a pari mutuel horse race track at Milan, hinging on final choosing of a site and obtaining construction and state racing permits.
- 1980 -- 25 years ago
- Moline police officers staged an informational picket in front of city hall this morning saying they are fed up with the slow pace of contract talks between their union and the city.
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