Today in history for Monday, July 14, 2014

Posted Online: July 13, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Today is Monday, July 14, the 195th day of 2014. There are 170 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Joseph Johnston, of this city, who is now on a railroad job at Grinnell, Iowa, has sent in three fine specimens of live eagles.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island was visited by the most severe and destructive storm of the season. Five and one-sixth inches of water fell and the Mississippi rose 17 inches, but receded rapidly.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Willis Wood, of Rock Island, accepted a call to become physical director of the YMCA of Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Three thousand eight hundred people watched the Rock Island-Moline Police baseball team defeat Davenport by a score of 12-2.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A memorial elm tree in front of the Rock Island Lines depot in Moline has succumbed to Dutch elm disease and was cut down and removed today.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Jumers Hotels Ltd., a Peoria-based hotel chain, is probing the possibility of building an excursion boat complex in downtown Rock Island.


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  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

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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