Day in history for May 1, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A man drove a two-horse wagon into the river near the bridge to water his horses. He went too far. The wagon capsized and he drowned.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Thomas W. Keene, noted tragedian, is at Harper's Theater tonight in Shakespeare's celebrated 'Richard III.'

1908 -- 100 years ago
Broadway Presbyterian Church rounded out a third of a century of its existence with a celebration in the church auditorium.

1933 -- 75 years ago
An appeal for greater use of the $380,000 Rock Island River-Rail Terminal by the city's business and industrial interests will be included in Mayor-elect Clarence E. Hodson's inaugural address tonight at the City Hall.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Since its founding in 1949, the Quad-City Music Guild has awarded 69 grants for private voice and dancing lessons and general college work to talented young people in the community, declared Robert H. Sward of Moline in a talk before the Rock Island Exchange Club.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Moline's 13 elementary schools that will be open next year each received an Atari 400 computer, thanks to a whopping donation of about $6,000 by Doric Masonic Lodge 319 of Moline. Teachers already are learning how to use the new computers, so that they can begin teaching elementary students the basics of computers next year.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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