Area history, April 24, 2014

Area history, April 24, 2014

Today is Thursday, April 24, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: Vaudeville shows will end tomorrow night at Champaign's old Walker Opera House with the acrobatic absurdities of Schreck & Percival, blackface comedian Harry Van Fossen, the comedy sketch of George Harcourt and Company and the singing and piano playing of Wells & Knowland. According to the Walker's owners, the "New Orpheum" Theater will open on or about Sept. 1 with "high-class vaudeville."

In 1964: "The biggest problem in Champaign County is to realize that you have a problem," Whitney Young, national executive director of the Urban League, told 200 people Thursday night at Edison Junior High School. Young was guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Champaign County Urban League. "I find that the bulk of negro citizens in this community, even in the shadow of a great university, are congregated in certain sections," he said. Young said that the elementary schools that negro children attend are 90 percent black and that negroes have 55 percent of the income of whites.

In 1999: Health care conglomerates and HMOs have minimized the treatment of patients to increase profits, stock prices and the value of stock options, consumer advocate Ralph Nader said Friday night in Champaign at the annual dinner of the Champaign County Health Care Consumers.

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