Day in history for May 20, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Haynes has invented a cheap and simple machine for sowing all kinds of grain. It will throw the seed 15 feet each side of the machine with perfect evenness.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The present senior class of the high school, which numbers an even dozen, will be graduated at exercises to be held next Friday.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Two high records for the crop were set on the Chicago Board of Trade today when September wheat sold for $1.04 and December wheat sold for $1.05.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Sen. Robert M. La Follette of Wisconsin will receive an invitation to speak in the Quad-Cities Sept. 5 at the annual Labor Day picnic sponsored by the Tri-City Federation of Labor.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A record total of 49 births in Quad-City hospitals has been reported for the 48-hour period ending at 8 this morning. Girls outnumbered boys, 28 to 21. Moline Public led the list with 15; 6 at Moline Lutheran; 5 at St. Anthony's; 10 at Mercy; 10 at St. Luke's and 3 at Davenport Osteopathic.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Keith Jacobson says it hasn't been hard keeping an 18-month vow not to drive - even though it meant riding his bike 1,100 miles to get home from college. Jacobson arrived in East Moline after a nine-day journey from New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, N.M.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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