Area history, May 21, 2014

Today is Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

In 1914: The Murdock Brothers have signed a lease for the big store room to be a part of the new block to occupy the site of the old Walker Opera House, now being razed on Neil Street. The new store building will have frontage on Park Avenue and Neil Street. The Murdocks will have plenty of street frontage from which to display their latest fashions in women's and misses ready-to-wear goods.

In 1964: The University of Illinois will limit enrollment on the Champaign-Urbana campus to 27,000 this fall with the result that many qualified students — who graduated in the upper half of their high school graduating class — will be turned away. The announcement, made last night, indicated that the "postwar baby boom" of 1946 has struck the campus with greater force than had been anticipated. For 15 years there have been warnings that college doors would be closed to many of the postwar babies.

In 1999: The founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, and his wife Melinda are giving $10,000 to the Illinois National Guard's Lincoln's Challenge Academy in Rantoul to help establish a reading laboratory there.

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