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: 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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