Day in history for May 26, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Citizens of the 3rd Ward have complained loudly at the intolerable stench arising from the filthy water standing in the slough.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Rose Wood in ''Camille'' will appear at the Harper Theater Tuesday night.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Memorial exercises at the Reynolds Cemetery on Wednesday will be in charge of the old soldiers of Drury Township. C. Foster will deliver the oration.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Hermetically sealed within the aluminum ball, Prof. August Piccard, Brussels physicist, and his assistant, Charles Kipfer, soared away in a giant balloon today on a scientific mission into the stratosphere in an attempt to show that human beings can live in that eerie fringe of the earth's atmosphere above 40,000 feet, which has never yet been seen by man.

1956 -- 50 years ago
An Army mine detector team is scheduled Monday morning to visit the Robert Sanquist property, 1615 20th Ave., Moline, to root out a World War I hand grenade posing as a potential danger.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Davenport city officials for the second time this month are investigating a suspicious fire at the 126-year-old mansion built by one of Davenport's earliest and most prominent citizens, Anton LeClaire.

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1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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