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 Friday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2014. There are 152 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.

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