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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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