Day in history for October 21, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The returns indicate the election of judge Lettingwell to Congress.1883 -- 125 years ago: Anna Dickinson will present a comedy at HarperAndrsquo;s Theater Nov. 6.1908 -- 100 years ago: In litigation since 1896, the 24th St. storm drain has formally been acquired by the City of Rock Island for $6,000.1933 -- 75 years ago: Six girls were chosen as members of the Rock Island High School declamation team last night in the high school auditorium. About 500 persons attended. The six are Ruth Evelyn Harris, Martha Carlson, Rosalyn Gendler, Margaret Zimmer, Ruth Robinson and Betty Carney.1958 -- 50 years ago: Andldquo;Halloween HeydayAndrdquo; will be the theme of the Girls Athletic Assn., annual Play Day to be held at United Township High School on Saturday. Approximately 80 girls from Bettendorf, Davenport, Geneseo, Moline, Alwood and East Moline will participate. Activities will include aerial darts, trampoline, golf, volleyball, tennis and baseball. Concluding the morningAndrsquo;s activities will be a demonstration of speed-a-way by the UTHS GAA. Awards will be presented to winning teams and the program will conclude with group singing.1983 -- 25 years ago: Bella Karolyi, former coach of legendary Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci, will conduct a program Sunday at the Moline Turners Gym, 3102 29th Street. Karolyi, a Romanian who defected to the United States in 1979, currently resides in Houston. He is working with two Olympic contenders, Diane Durham and Mary Lou Retton.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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