Day in history for May 31, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Mrs. Britt, who is giving a course of lectures on spirituals at the Island City Hall, is said to be a fine speaker.

1883 -- 125 years ago
In addition to a circus and Memorial Day, the usual holiday rain is with us.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. W. B. Clemmer will deliver the baccalaureate sermon to the graduating class of Rock Island High School tomorrow evening.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Politics, patriotic messages and athletic events were mingled this afternoon at Black Hawk State Park as the Rock Island County Jeffersonian Club sponsored a public outing. Hundreds of persons thronged the grounds. Among the speakers were Democratic judicial candidates Attorney Clyde S. Walker, Judge J. Paul Califf and Attorney Jacob Cantlin.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Twenty-eight members of the 1928 Augustana College Concert Band met for their 30th anniversary reunion last night in the Fort Armstrong Hotel, Rock Island. A total of 50 persons attended the banquet.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Kevin DeNike's approach shot and resulting birdie putt allowed him to win the Quad City Amateur Golf tournament Sunday in rainy, windy, conditions at Emeis Park. DeNike's approach shot from 40 feet out landed just two feet from the hole, and his putt gave him a one-shot win over Greg Tebbutt and Carlos Salaber.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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