Day in history for May 21, 2008

1883 -- 125 years ago
The annual parade and ball of the fire department will be held at Turner Hall May 23.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Baseball fans of the Tri-Cities will get their first opportunity of seeing a game between the Rock Island club of the Mississippi Valley League and the famous House of David team under the leadership of Grover Cleveland Alexander tonight at Douglas Park. Assurances have been given that Alexander will pitch at least part of the game.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Pilot Lincoln Phillips of Knoxville, Ill., safely landed his single-engine Cessna plane on Friday in a corn field South of Coal Valley after he ran out of gas after leaving the Quad City Airport in Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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