Day in history for April 11, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Mayor Bailey handed in his resignation and retired to private life.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Turner Society will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the branch with a special program April 15.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The village council of Silvis gave the Moline, Rock Island And Eastern Railway a 50-year franchise to construct a line through the village.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Charlotte Anderson Warren, Rock Island soprano, gave a pleasing performance as guest soloist with the Tri-City Philharmonic Orchestra yesterday in Augustana College gymnasium.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Quad-City astronomers are going to get a treat late this month when the comet Arend-Roland becomes visible to the naked eye. The Popular Astronomy Club has made tentative plans to meet in Dr. Carl Gamble's observatory in Moline on April 27, when the comet is expected to be near its height of visibility.

1982 -- 25 years ago
At age 3, Jerry ''Junior'' Jackson took a ride on a minibike. He's still riding seven years later and his latest stop was in the Houston Astrodome. There, Jackson claimed the Grand National Championship in the 60cc class. More than 90 bikers were in the class, but the rural East Moline youth won both his qualifying heats and the final among the top 24.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
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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