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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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