Today in history for Saturday, Aug. 12, 2014

Posted Online: Aug. 11, 2014, 7:12 pm
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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2014. There are 141 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: During the thundershower yesterday a large pair of bay horses hitched to a distillery wagon were frightened and ran away, finally jumping on an old wagon in Market Square. The old wagon was damaged, but nobody was hurt.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Representatives of seven Grand Army of the Republic posts in Rock Island County convened to plan the reorganization of the County Veteran Association.
1914 -- 100 years ago: J.A. Bengston's new Twentieth Century Pharmacy at the corner of 17th Street and 3rd Avenue is ready for a formal opening.
1939 -- 75 years ago: President Roosevelt signed into law today a bill converting Social Security into a system of old-age and survivors' insurance providing lifetime, family security.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Brenda Lee, popular recording star, took the spotlight at Teen Day at the Mississippi Valley Fair today.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Peoria based Jumer Hotels Ltd. will announce a riverboat development for downtown Rock Island at a news conference Monday afternoon.


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  Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
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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