Day in history for May 19, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
All lovers of chess will be pleased to learn that Mr. Paulsen, the celebrated chess player who defeats his opponents with his eyes blindfolded, will appear in Rock Island this evening. 1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
More than 400 persons on the steamer Columbia enjoyed the first excursion of the year yesterday afternoon. 1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
A fresh gale, with winds up to 42 miles per hour, followed by a moderate gale with winds up to 32 miles per hour, whipped through the Quad-City area Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning. 1983 -- 25 years ago: Moline is going to battle mosquitoes this summer with a pesticide that triggers birth defects in the pesky insects. Starting Monday, the city is going to use a chemical called Altosid as part of its larval control program, said James Monteyne, superintendent of inspections.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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