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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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