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 Sunday, July 27, the 208th day of 2014. There are 157 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.

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