Area history, June 5, 2014

Area history, June 5, 2014

Today is Thursday, June 5, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

In 1914: The 37th annual commencement of the Champaign High School will be held this evening at the First Methodist Church at 8 p.m. This is the largest class to graduate from the high school (77) and will always be remembered as the last class to graduate from the old high school building. University of Illinois President Edmund J. James will speak on "The Public High School."

In 1964: Diane Hamacher represented the 496 graduating Champaign High School seniors Thursday night as she presented the main commencement address. Following her speech, Principal Clint Kelly presented the graduates to E.H. Mellon, superintendent of schools, and diplomas were awarded by William Froom, president of the Champaign board of education, assisted by Lawrence Connolly, senior class faculty sponsor.

In 1999: Eastern Illinois University will reap an extra $4.5 million from the new state budget signed this week by Gov. George Ryan. Eastern's total appropriation will rise 6.59 percent in the coming year.

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