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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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