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.