Day in history for May 20, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The various fire companies of Rock Island, Moline and Davenport will meet in Davenport to test the qualities of the engines in throwing water. The company which throws the highest stream will receive a trumpet. 1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
The contract for the new Best Building at 17th Street and 2nd Avenue, Rock Island, has been let. Work will begin soon. 1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
The Riviera Theater building 112 114 18th St., Rock Island, which was being razed following a major fire there March 28 was the scene of another spectacular blaze at 10:50 this morning. 1983 -- 25 years ago:

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."

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