Day in history for May 9, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We are informed that a teaspoonful of table salt dissolved in a tumbler of water will check the most violent attack of palpitation of the heart in a few minutes.

1882 -- 125 years ago
A band of Italian musicians paraded the streets yesterday and received several nickels from the many lovers of music.

1907 -- 100 years ago
City Clerk Martin Rudgren has signed 62 saloon licenses for this year. Several saloons have been refused because of conditions existing in these places.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Eighty Rock Island residents went to Peoria yesterday to attend the first annual Orphans Day program and the Washington bi-centennial observance of the Guardian Angel Orphanage.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A flash fire, believed caused by sparks, destroyed a portion of a wooden canopy at the Johnson Sheet Metal Works in East Moline shortly after 1 yesterday afternoon. Two large air-conditioning cooling towers were damaged extensively and a third was slightly charred.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Imagine a private room complete with carpet, sofa bed, desk and pictures on the wall. No, it's not the Sheraton-Rock Island, it's Franciscan Hospital's new Family Centered Care Unit. Opened in September, the unit features 16 large private rooms and three two-room suites.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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