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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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