Day in history for May 27, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We thank our fellow townsman A. K. Philleo, now touring the south, for the newspaper from various points between St. Louis and New Orleans. Editors always know how to appreciate such attention.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The organization of the Rock Island Grand Army of the Republic Post was deferred until May 30, as Mr. Cavello of Peoria failed to arrive.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The eighth annual state convention of post office clerks will be held in Rock Island next week.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The 1933 Watch Tower annuals will be distributed to seniors at Rock Island High School after class day exercises May 31. Other students will receive their copies June 2. Gynath Billeter was editor- in- chief and Dorthea O'Dean was associate editor.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The Mississippi River has fallen to the lowest May levels since the locks and dams were put into operation, according to the Rock Island District, Army Corps of Engineers. This decline is continuing.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A reported sighting of a body floating in the river this morning sent local law enforcement officials scrambling. After an hour-long search, a body was pulled from the river. The body of a deer. A motorist passing over the Interstate 280 bridge reported seeing a object that appeared to be a body.

Back: Available days in May 2008



Local events heading








  Today is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








(More History)