Day in history for August 7, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
In our telegraphic report of this morning will be found the particulars on the Trans-Atlantic telegraph cable. This great experiment has at last been successfully accomplished.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island city jail is undergoing a thorough remodeling. Doors and grates are being installed.

1908 -- 100 years ago
On Aug. 9, the people of Illinois will vote for the first time for party candidates under the new primary law which went into effect July 1.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Qualifying in the womenAndrsquo;s annual championship golf tournament at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club ends tomorrow. Mrs. C.D. Waterman of Davenport is defending champion.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Continental Oil Company announced that two Quad-City area residents were among the 112 winners of their national spring contest staged in conjunction with the introduction of the new Conoco Super Motor Oil. The two are Walter E. Baldwin, 1225 West 7th St., and Mrs. A.I. Kelsey, 2829 Grand Ave., both of Davenport.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A party marked the end of MerlinAndrsquo;s Midsummer Magic reading program at the Rock Island Public Library July 30, and a special treat was on hand. The Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, a professional company from Iowa City, traveled to Rock Island to perform for the youngsters.

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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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