Day in history for April 20, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The name of James Blake was announced yesterday as an independent candidate for street commissioner.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Two mounted policemen were out today in search of two horses reported stolen.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Al Jolson, with the reputation of being the greatest black-face in the business, is making his appearance at the Elite Theater during the latter half of this week.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Republican aldermanic candidates were nearly scored a grand slam in Rock Island's municipal election yesterday as they emerged victorious in six of the seven contests. Winners were A.L. Holtzer, Earl C. Dean, Herman P. Brown, John M. Kaiser, George M. Schmid, August D. Kester and Edward E. Tobin.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Easter bunny came one day early for about 711 youngsters at children's homes in the Quad-City area. In a new program, Fresh Pak Candy Co., 2400 4th Ave., Rock Island, this morning delivered over 600 baskets of candy free of charge to five different homes for children.

1982 -- 25 years ago
United Township High School math students took first places in team and individual categories at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional competition on March 27. This was the district's first year of competition in the event.

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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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