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Today is Saturday, May 24, the 144th day of 2014. There are 221 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Melville's Australian Circus performers will visit Rock Island next week. They have made themselves famous with their inimitable entertainments.

1889 -- 125 years ago: Samuel Goode, of Andalusia, left for New York en route to England, where he will spend several months in his native land.

1914 -- 100 years ago: Clyde W. Becker, of Moline, was re-elected president of the Illinois Association of Letter Carriers, and E.H. Stroehle, of Rock Island, was named to the executive committee.

1939 -- 75 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal is making fine progress in preparing to produce 75-mm and 155-mm guns and gun carriages this fall.

1964 -- 50 years ago: A record class of 585 students will be graduated from Rock Island High School on June 2. The class exceeds last year's class of 522 by 63 students.

1989 -- 25 years ago: The Festival of Trees will be open two more days than it was last year to accommodate the many visitors.

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