Day in history for May 21, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
For late papers, magazines and books go to Gillet's News Depot, opposite R. Graham's Stove Store.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The total number of deaths in Rock Island for April was five. This would indicate that Rock Island is one of the most healthful places on the Mississippi River.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Solicitors began the campaign for a $100,000 factory fund in the interest of the Greater Rock Island movement.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Finals in the annual girls' jacks tournament will be this afternoon. The finalists are Marilyn Baird, Doris Cobb, Dorothy Jagger, Gertrude Hiland, Dorothy Zimmer, Florence Bledsoe, Florence Waldman, Pansy Hills, Sylvia Manual, Alice Kurth, Jean Potter and Ruth Albrecht.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Alcoa Davenport Works is playing a role in producing the wing skin for the new Douglas DC-8 jet airliner. These stressed wing skins are the longest tapered aluminum sheets ever rolled. The first domestic version of the DC-8 will go into operation in 1959, cruise at 550 miles per hour and span the U.S. in less than 5 hours.

1982 -- 25 years ago
A hundred bucks apiece is the price of protest for three St. Ambrose University students fined today in connection with an April sit-in before a tank being driven from the Rock Island Arsenal to Davenport.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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