Day in history for June 4, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We hear that a large number of laborers in the city have struck for $1.50 per day. This wage does not seem unreasonable considering the high cost of living.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The wet weather of the last few weeks has caused the planting of corn throughout the county to be late.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The general's salute of 16 guns was fired for the first time in the history of the Rock Island Arsenal yesterday when it was given in honor of General Baron Kuroki of Japan who visited the Arsenal.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Five members of the Rock Island Police Department took the second examination yesterday to select a night captain. The applicants are Gus Kirsch, Detective Dennis J. Bennett, Officers Harry E. Fitzsimmons, Otto S.Johnson and Charles H. Miller.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Final plans for Bermuda Shorts Day, sponsored by the Rock Island Downtown Retail Bureau, have been made. Retailers are scheduled to convene at the Fort Armstrong Hotel next Monday morning at 11, wearing shorts.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Sixty-four of the Quad-Cities best Pac-Man players will compete for $2,000 in prize money Sunday in the Quad-Cities Pac-Man Tournament for the Heart Association. The playoffs will begin at 1 p.m. under tents behind Lee's Liquors, 3722 14th Ave., Rock Island.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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