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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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