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: 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.








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