Day in history for July 6, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Yankee Robinson's Big Show, after giving seven of its unique and highly entertaining performances in Davenport and Rock Island, left this morning for Millersburg.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The 16th annual reunion of the 112th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, is to be held at Cambridge, Henry County, Aug. 18, the 19th anniversary of the regiment's organization.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The steamer Dubuque of the Diamond Jo line made its first short trip of the season to Rock Island, reaching here this afternoon with 150 passengers.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Radio officials today are nodding their heads in approval after witnessing the first demonstration of full-length television, projected on a motion picture screen six feet square.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A swimming pool for East Moline is apparently a thing of the distant future. Carl Mitchell, president of East Moline Park Board, said this morning that plans for a swimming pool are just in the talking stage.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Two months and 1,200 cotton swabs led 14-year-old John Manley, of Davenport, to a first prize in the annual nationwide Q-Tip Art Contest. Manley fashioned a cowboy and a bucking bronco in the contest that had approximately 3,000 entries.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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