Sunday, Nov. 11, show our veterans
how much they are appreciated

[NOV. 5, 2001]  Sept. 11th has changed America. What has not — nor ever will be — changed is the great services of our veterans to their country. Once again, our veterans, deceased and living, will be remembered on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Old-timers will remember this as Armistice Day, when we stood in countrywide assemblies and programs and faced the east at 11 a.m.

An extra effort is being made to have a really special crowd attend the 2001 Veterans Day program at noon on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Logan County Courthouse.

Countywide, all veterans — wartime or peacetime, men and women — are being urged to participate in a short parade from the Logan County Safety Complex to the courthouse. Those unable to walk in the parade are urged to be at the courthouse early. In case of inclement weather, the alternate site will be the gymnasium at Washington-Monroe School.

During these perilous and uncertain times, this is an opportunity to show for certain our appreciation for that most precious possession: freedom.

After giving thanks to God in our respective churches on Sunday, Nov. 11, plan a few minutes extra to go to the courthouse and say "thanks" for the freedoms we enjoy and so often take for granted.

[News release]

Today’s history

Compiled by Dave Francis

Monday, Nov. 5

309th day of the year


"The anti-suffragist talk of sheltering women from the fierce storms of life is a lot of cant. I have no patience with it. These storms beat on woman just as fiercely as they do on man, and she is not trained to defend herself against them." — Susan B. Anthony

"One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say." — Will Durant


1885 — Will Durant, United States, author and historian ("The Story of Civilization")

1902 — Strom Thurmond, senator, R-S.C. (1955- )

1911 — Roy Rogers, Cincinnati, Ohio, cowboy ("Happy Trails," "The Roy Rogers Show")

1931 — Ike Turner, Mississippi, aka Mr. Tina Turner!, guitarist ("A Fool in Love")

1942 — Art Garfunkel, New York City, singer and actor ("Sounds of Silence," "Carnal Knowledge")

1942 — Elke Sommer [Elke Schletz], Berlin, Germany, actress (Oscar)

1952 — Bill Walton, NBA center (Portland Trailblazers, Boston Celtics)

1970 — Javier Lopez, Ponce, Puerto Rico, catcher (Atlanta Braves)


1492 — Christopher Columbus learns of maize (corn) from Indians of Cuba

1605 — Gunpowder Plot: Catholics try to blow up English Parliament. Plot uncovered and leader Guy Fawkes hanged.

1639 — First post office in the colonies is set up, in Massachusetts

1871 — Susan B. Anthony arrested trying to vote, in Rochester, N.Y.

1895 — George B. Selden receives the first U.S. patent for an automobile. He sold the rights for $200,000 four years later.

1935 — The game Monopoly is introduced by Parker Brothers Company

1940 — U.S. President Roosevelt wins an unprecedented third term in office

1967 — New Orleans Saints have first NFL victory, beat Philadelphia Eagles 31-24

1991 — Fred MacMurray, actor ("My Three Sons"), dies of pneumonia at 83

1998 — The United Nations announces that the Taliban militia killed up to 5,000 civilians in a takeover of an Afghani town




Today’s history

Compiled by Dave Francis

Saturday, Nov. 3

307th day of the year


"Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness — a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster-children into strength and athletic proportion." — William Cullen Bryant


1604 — Osman II, sultan of Turkey (1618-22)

1718 — John Montague, fourth Earl of Sandwich, inventor (sandwich)

1793 — Stephen Fuller Austin, colonized Texas

1794 — William Cullen Bryant, poet ("Thanatopsis")

1918 — Bob Feller, pitcher (Cleveland Indians, three no-hitters);  Russell B. Long, senator, D-La. (1948-86)

1920 — Charles Bronson [Buchinsky], Pennsylvania, actor ("Death Wish," "The Dirty Dozen")

1924 — Shirley Chisholm, representative, D-N.Y., first black congresswoman, first black presidential candidate

1933 — Michael S. Dukakis, governor of Massachusetts (D), presidential candidate (1988)

1952 — Roseanne [Barr Arnold], Salt Lake City, comedienne and TV star ("Roseanne")

1953 — Dennis Miller, Pittsburgh, Pa., comedian and TV host ("Saturday Night Live," "Dennis Miller Show")

1954 — Godzilla, Japanese monster ("Godzilla")


1507 — Leonardo DaVinci is commissioned by the husband of Lisa Gherardini to paint her. The work is known as the "Mona Lisa." 

1534 — English Parliament accepts Act of Supremacy; Henry VIII church leader

1862 — Dr. Richard Gatling patents machine gun (Indianapolis)

1863 — Battle of Grand Coteau, Georgia

1868 — First black elected to Congress (John W. Menard, Louisiana)

1871 — Henry M. Stanley in Tanganyka says, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"

1934 — The first racetrack in California opens under a new pari-mutuel betting law

1941 — Japanese Ambassador John Grew warns that the Japanese might be planning a sudden attack on the United States

1948 — Chicago Tribune reports, "Dewey beats Truman"

1952 — Clarence Birdseye markets frozen peas

1992 — Carol Moseley-Braun becomes the first African-American woman U.S. senator

1994 — Susan Smith of Union, S.C., is arrested for drowning her two sons. Nine days earlier Smith claimed that the children had been abducted by a black carjacker

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Sunday, Nov. 4

308th day of the year


"You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time." — Abe Lincoln

"Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock." — Will Rogers


1879 — Will Rogers, Oologah Indian Territory (Oklahoma), humorist

1912 — Pauline Trigere, fashion designer (bell bottoms)

1916 — Walter Cronkite, St. Joseph, Mo., news anchor ("CBS Evening News," 1962-81)

1918 — Art Carney, Mount Vernon, N.Y., actor (Ed Norton in "The Honeymooners")

1937 — Loretta Swit, Passaic, N.J., actress (Margaret "Hotlips" Houlihan in "M*A*S*H")


1841 — First wagon train arrives in California

1842 — Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd in Springfield, Ill. 

1846 — Patent for the artificial leg granted to Benjamin Palmer

1880 — James and John Ritty patent the first cash register

1922 — In Egypt, archaeologist Howard Carter discovers the entrance to King Tutankhamen’s tomb. The Egyptian child-king became pharaoh at age 9 and died when he was 19. 

1924 — Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming is elected America’s first woman governor so she can serve out the remaining term of her late husband, William B. Ross

1939 — First air-conditioned automobile (Packard) exhibited, Chicago

1979 — Five hundred Iranian "students" seize U.S. embassy, take 90 hostages (444 days)

1995 — Yitzhak Rabin, prime minister of Israel, assassinated at 73

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Supreme Court justice visits Lincoln

[NOV. 2, 2001]  Standing Supreme Court Judge Rita Garman took a walking tour of downtown Lincoln Thursday. Garman is a Republican appointee to the state court, filling the seat of Judge Ben Miller, who retired in January of this year.

A justice with the court since February, Garman was in town to meet potential voters and to drum up support for her candidacy for re-election to the state’s highest court in next year’s March primary and November’s general election. Garman, one of only two Republican justices currently on the Supreme Court, is the only judge who has experience as an associate, circuit and appellate judge. Her career as a judge, which has spanned 27 years, is one of the key points in her bid to be elected to the court for the next decade.

Garman, accompanied by Circuit Judge John Turner, who replaced Garman when she was appointed to the state’s highest court, visited stores in the downtown area in a rare campaign visit to this city by a Supreme Court candidate.

When asked what important issues will be before the November docket of the court, Garman stated that the court will be asked to look at the new districting proposals which have caused seven different lawsuits to be filed on behalf of current legislators who feel the new districts were based on political decisions and not what is best for the legal concept of "one man, one vote."

Garman, a resident of Danville, was unanimously appointed by the court to fill the vacancy created by Miller’s retirement.  

[Mike Fak]


Today’s history

Compiled by Dave Francis

Friday, Nov. 2

306th day of the year


"I was never lost, but I was bewildered once for three days." — Daniel Boone’s response to being asked if he had ever been lost in the woods

"Because that’s where the money is!" — Willie Sutton, on being asked why he robbed banks


1734 — Daniel Boone, U.S. frontiersman

1755 — Marie-Antoinette, queen of France

1795 — James Knox Polk, North Carolina, 11th president (D) (1845-1849)

1865 — Warren Gamaliel Harding, Ohio, (R) 29th president (1921-23)

1913 — Burt Lancaster, actor

1938 — Patrick Buchanan, conservative political columnist

1958 — Willie McGee, San Francisco, Calif., outfielder (St. Louis Cardinals, NL MVP 1985)

1961 — k.d. lang [Kathy Dawn], Consort, Alberta, country singer

1971 — Ricky Martin, Puerto Rico, rocker (Menudo) and actor ("General Hospital") [or Dec 24]


1776 — William Demont deserts, becoming the first traitor of the American Revolution

1783 — Gen. Washington bids farewell to his army

1811 — Battle of Tippecanoe: Gen. Jackson vs. Indians

1841 — Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan

1889 — North Dakota and South Dakota admitted into the Union as the 39th and 40th states

1920 — The first radio station in the United States, KDKA of Pittsburgh, Pa., begins regular broadcasting

1947 — Howard Hughes flies his "Spruce Goose," a huge wooden airplane, for eight minutes in California

1948 — Harry S. Truman defeats Thomas E. Dewey for the U.S. presidency. The Chicago Tribune publishes an early edition that has the headline "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN." The Truman victory surprises many polls and newspapers. 

1950 — George Bernard Shaw, Irish author ("Pygmalion"), dies at 94

1974 — Braves trade Hank Aaron to Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Dave May

1980 — Edith Bunker, character on "All in the Family," dies; Willie Sutton, U.S. bank robber, dies at 79

1982 — Fire in Salung tunnel, Afghanistan; 1,000-plus Russians die

1983 — U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill establishing a federal holiday on the third Monday of January in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

1984 — Velma Barfield becomes the first woman to be executed in the United States since 1962. She had been convicted of the poisoning death of her boyfriend. 

1993 — Dow Jones hits record 3697.64.






Today’s history

Compiled by Dave Francis

Thursday, Nov. 1

305th day of the year


"For when the One Great Scorer comes

To write against your name, 

He marks — not that you won or lost —  

But how you played the game." — Grantland Rice

"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy." — John Adams


Louis II, the Stutterer, King of France (877-79)

1815 — Douglas Hancock Cooper, brigadier general (Confederate Army); died in 1879

1825 — Joseph Benjamin Palmer, brigadier general (Confederate Army); died in 1890

1871 — Stephen Crane, novelist and poet ("The Red Badge of Courage")

1880 — Grantland Rice, sportswriter (New York Herald Tribune 1914-30, Colliers 1925-37)

1935 — Gary Player, golfer

1942 — Larry Flynt, Hustler magazine

1957 — Lyle Lovett singer

1972 — Jenny McCarthy, hottie


Pompei buried by eruption of Mount Vesuvius

1512 — Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel first exhibited to the public

1604 — "Othello," the tragedy by William Shakespeare, first presented at Whitehall Palace in London

1765 — Stamp Act goes into effect in the American colonies

1800 — U.S. President John Adams moves into the White House and becomes the first president to live there

1834 — First published reference to poker (as Mississippi riverboat game)

1879 — Thomas Edison executes his first patent application for a high-resistance carbon filament (U.S. Pat. 223,898)

1894 — Russian Emperor Alexander III dies

1917 — In World War I, the first US soldiers are killed in combat

1947 — The famous racehorse Man o’ War dies

1950 — Charles Cooper becomes the first black man to play in the National Basketball Association

1952 — The United States explodes the first hydrogen bomb, at Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands

1959 — Jacques Plante, of the Montreal Canadiens, becomes the first goalie in the NHL to wear a mask

1962 — "The Lucy Show" premieres

1999 — Walter Payton, U.S. football player (No. 34, Chicago Bears), dies at 45

Anxieties are high following terrorist attacks and threats

How have we prepared in
Lincoln and Logan County?

[OCT. 31, 2001]  It’s on the radio, TV, in all the media. You hear it in the office, on the street and maybe at home — threats of terrorism. America is on high alert. Here in central Illinois, away from any supposed practical target areas, perhaps we feel a little less threatened, but we are still concerned. So how concerned should we be, and how prepared are we for the types of situations that could occur?

Whether the threat is domestic or foreign, violent, biological or chemical, our public health and rescue agencies have been preparing to respond to the situations. Lincoln Daily News has been at meetings where all the agencies gather together as the Logan County Emergency Planning Committee to strategize for just such a time. Our reports have not even provided every detail that every agency has reported; i.e., a number of representatives from differing agencies such as the health and fire departments, CILCO and ESDA went to a bioterrorism and hazmat (hazardous materials) seminar this past August.

Here are some of the articles that LDN has posted pre- and post-Tuesday, Sept. 11. Hopefully you will see in them that WE ARE WELL PREPARED. At least as much as any area can be. Every agency has been planning, training, submitting for grants to buy equipment long before Sept. 11. We can be thankful for all of the dedicated, insightful leaders we have in this community.



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Today’s history

Compiled by Dave Francis

Wednesday, Oct. 31

303rd day of the year


"Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen!" — Martin Luther

"Don’t be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success." — John Keats


1795 — John Keats, London, England, romantic poet ("Ode to a Grecian Urn")

1835 — J.F.W Adolf Ritter von Baeyer, German chemist (Nobel, 1905)

1887 — Chiang Kai-shek, Chekiang Province, China, president of Nationalist China

1912 — Dale Evans, Uvalde, Texas, cowgirl ("The Roy Rogers Show")

1920 — Dick Francis, Wales, jockey and novelist ("Whip Hand," "High Stakes")

1922 — Barbara Bel Geddes, New York City, actress ("Vertigo," Miss Ellie in "Dallas," "Caught")

1931 — Dan Rather, Wharton, Texas, news anchor ("CBS Evening News," "60 Minutes")


834 — First All Hallows Eve (Halloween) observed to honor the saints

1517 — Luther posts 95 theses on Wittenberg church door; beginning of Protestant Reformation

1541 — Michelangelo Buonarroti paints "Last Judgment" in Sistine Chapel

1846 — Donner party, unable to cross the Donner Pass, constructs a winter camp

1926 — Erich Weiss, better known as magician Harry Houdini, dies in Detroit

1941 — Mount Rushmore sculpture is completed

1983 — George Halas, NFLer, dies at 88

1984 — Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India, assassinated by two of her Sikh bodyguards

Today’s history

Compiled by Dave Francis

Tuesday, Oct. 30

302nd day of the year


"Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!" — Dostoevsky

"It is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while others write history. It matters little who wins. To make a people great it is necessary to send them to battle even if you have to kick them in the pants. That is what I shall do." — Mussolini


1821 — Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski, Russian novelist and writer of short stories

1882 — William "Bull" F. Halsey, U.S. vice admiral (World War II, Pacific)

1893 — Charles Atlas, body builder

1918 — Ted Williams, Red Sox hitter (AL MVP 1946, ’49; Triple Crown ’42, ’47)

1921 — Charles Bronson, actor ("The Magnificent Seven," "The Dirty Dozen," "Death Wish")

1933 — Michael S. Dukakis, Massachusetts governor, presidential candidate (Democrat, 1988)

1949 — Larry Holmes, boxer, heavyweight champ (1978-85)


1866 — Jesse James gang robs bank in Lexington, Mo. ($2,000)

1888 — In London, Jack the Ripper murders his last victim

1888 — First ballpoint pen patented

1905 — "October Manifesto"; Russian Tsar Nicholas II grants civil liberties

1922 — Mussolini forms government in Italy

1938 — Orson Welles panics a nation with broadcast of "The War of the Worlds"

1944 — Anne Frank (of diary fame) is deported from Auschwitz to Belsen

1945 — U.S. government announces end of shoe rationing

America strikes back

As promised, the United States led an attack on Afghanistan. The attack began Sunday, Oct. 7. American and British military forces made 30 hits on air defenses, military airfields and terrorist training camps, destroying aircraft and radar systems. The strike was made targeting only terrorists.

More than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East have pledged their cooperation and support the U.S. initiative.

Online news links

Other countries









Saudi Arabia 


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United States


New York

Stars and Stripes
(serving the U.S. military community) 

Washington, D.C.


More newspaper links 


Schedule set for street closings
for railroad crossing repair

[OCT. 29, 2001]  The schedule for railroad crossing closings in downtown Lincoln to allow Union Pacific to install new crossings has been set, according to Donnie Osborne, street superintendent. In order for five crossings to be repaired yet this year, two will be closed at one time, but they will not be adjacent, he said. Each closing will be for one week only, unless weather conditions delay the work.

  • Pekin and Clinton streets — Closed week of Oct. 29

  • Decatur and Pulaski streets — Closed week of Nov. 5

  • Broadway Street — Closed week of Nov. 12

Osborne said repairs will include new concrete panels and new approaches, which should eliminate the bumpy crossings motorists have been experiencing lately. The Tremont Street crossing has already been completed.

[Joan Crabb]

Landfill to be open seven days a week for leaf and brush disposal

[OCT. 12, 2001]  The city landfill on Broadwell Drive will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for leaf and brush disposal, beginning on Oct. 15, according to Donnie Osborne, street superintendent. Plans are to keep the new schedule in place until Dec. 15, he said. 

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