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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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