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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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