Today in history for Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Posted Online: July 14, 2014, 7:10 pm
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Today is Tuesday, July 15, the 196th day of 2014. There are 169 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: During the storm on Sunday night, the flagstaff in Union Square was struck by lightning, shattering the top of the pole.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island County has 51,743 acres of corn, according to statistics compiled by Deputy County Clerk C.W. Hawes.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Receivers of the Central Union Telephone Co. appropriated $88,000 for a submarine cable to connect the trunk line between Rock Island and Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: United Air Lines has announced plans to buy six 42-passenger Douglas DC-4 super mainliners for overnight transcontinental sleeper service.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Under new direction and with a new bear, Niabi Zoo is undergoing changes to improve its drawing power, Rock Island County forest preserve officials said yesterday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A 4-inch hole in a 100-pound gas pressure main on Thursday afternoon caused Moline to send our more than 30 police and firefighters to evacuate a building at the future site of the Quad City Civic Center.


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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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