Day in history for July 14, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A picnic for Baptist Sunday School students will be held at the bluffs today. A balloon will be sent up in recognition of the occasion.

1883 -- 125 years ago
A tree was placed in the northwest corner of the courthouse yard today.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Motorists of Rock Island told the city council that they would not object to a city wheel tax, provided the fee is not too high.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island was fifth among Illinois cities in the estimated value of construction begun during June, according to a report of the State Department of Labor. The total estimated value of construction in Rock Island was $95,277. The only cities which topped Rock Island were Chicago, Peoria, Bloomington and Springfield.

1958 -- 50 years ago
A lucky break in the rainy weather brought clear skies and a crowd estimated at over 8,000 to Moline's riverfront yesterday as the second annual water show was held at the boat harbor along River Drive. Featured attractions were the Sid Selhost water skiers and hydroplane boat races. Mayor Arnold Smith gave the opening address. The show lasted about three hours. Officials said some 200 cars were turned away.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Deere Andamp; Co. Chairman Robert Hanson today endorsed the Reagan administration's farm policy.

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