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.

Back: Available days in May 2007



Local events heading








  Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






(More History)