Day in history for August 4, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Ambrose G. Bowling, Camden precinct, was appointed chairman and William A. Knox, Rock Island, secretary of the Democratic Convention of Rock Island County.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Burglars made an unsuccessful attempt to enter the Commercial House.

1906 -- 100 years ago
H.A. Johnson, construction engineer for the tri-city merger, and Frank D. Moses, an expert in gas manufacture, will arrive here Monday to take charge of the reconstruction of the street car lines.

1931 -- 75 years ago
An estimated 3,500 persons jammed Cram Field, Davenport, today as the Quad-Cities extended enthusiastic greetings to Wiley Post and Harold Gatty, aviation's globe heroes, who came under the auspices of the Central Broadcasting Co. as an added feature of the Iowa American Legion program in Davenport.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Construction of a boat house as the first project at the new harbor in Sunset Park will be urged by the Citizen's Advisory Committee for the project.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Near normal operations continued at the Quad-City Airport today during a strike by air traffic controllers demanding better pay, benefits and a shorter work week. A combination of non-striking controllers and supervisors continued to operate the airport's control tower.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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