Area history, Jan. 29, 2014

Area history, Jan. 29, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

In 1914, the vicinity of Stoughton and Seventh streets is in the throes of a mad dog scare, all due to the peculiar actions and rabid disposition of a small dog belonging to Mrs. H. Gehrke. Officer C.A. Scott was bitten on the right forearm while trying to shoot the dog this morning. Two or three children also are reported to have been attacked. Police fired at the dog at least four times this morning, but it was uncertain if it was killed because it ran into a nearby barn.

In 1964, the Illinois House Tuesday passed a measure that would include the day of President Kennedy's funeral as a day for which school districts could receive state aid even though they were closed.

In 1999, Urbana Park District officials think they can swing the latest proposal from the Urbana school district on a joint project to build a $4 million indoor swimming pool. The park district would use a gift of farmland donated to it five years ago — with the verbal request that it go to a pool built jointly with the school district — as an endowment to help cover operating costs.

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