Day in history for May 31, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Yesterday was an unpleasant, wet, disagreeable day and everyone we met seemed to wear a sour countenance.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The recent rains have caused the farming lands to be wet and unfit for planting.

1907 -- 100 years ago
John McDonald, the Saville sisters and a large chorus will appear at the Illinois theater tonight in the well known play ''Humpty Dumpty.''

1932 -- 75 years ago
Members of the Augustana College Alumni Assn. yesterday reelected Dr. A.F. Schersten as president at the annual meeting which was the first event of the college alumni day.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Over 5,000 University of Illinois students went on a rampage last night in Champaign-Urbana. Most of their rowdiness consisted of running, yelling and throwing water. Nearly 200 law enforcement officers from the community and east central Illinois finally subdued the rioters after four hours with the use of tear gas.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Moline Criterium Bicycle Races will be different this year. For the first time in the 16 years of the annual Memorial Day event, there will be no citizens' races, except for children 7 years old and younger riding tricycles and Big Wheels. The only older riders who can compete are those licensed by the United States Cycling Federation.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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