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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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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