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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