Area history, Feb. 1, 2014

Area history, Feb. 1, 2014

Today is Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

In 1914, Bert Massey and D. Rayburn were arrested by Urbana police Saturday night on a charge of gambling. Rayburn pleaded guilty this morning and was fined $25 and costs. Massey's case was continued for 10 days.

In 1964, progress and economy have finally caught up with a familiar landmark within the Chanute Air Force Base area. Since 1938, five twinkling red lights atop 120-foot radio antennas have signaled the approach to Chanute. But with advances made to electronic aids, the services these lights provided are no longer needed. They will be dismantled and removed.

In 1999, it was the worst possible timing for professional football fans, but at least they got to see the end of the Super Bowl. Cable service to approximately 50 homes in southeast Urbana was knocked out just as the starting lineups were being announced. Service was restored with two minutes left in the game.

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