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 Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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