Area history, June 26, 2014
Today is Thursday, June 26, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: The first accident of the Fourth of July season occurred yesterday when Arnold McIntire, son of Mr. and Mrs. George McIntire of Champaign, lost the middle finger on his left hand when a piece of fireworks exploded in his hand. He said he had found the firecracker in the ballpark and lighted it, but it exploded before he was able to toss it.
In 1964: More than 500 people work at the HumKo and Kraft plants in Champaign, and HumKo processes about 20 percent of all the soybeans grown in Illinois, it was disclosed during a "Salute to HumKo" arranged by the Champaign-Urbana Kiwanis Club. Mayor Emmerson Dexter thanked HumKo officials for making 7 acres of land available for HumKo Park.
In 1999: A year ago, David Cocagne led lobbying efforts to win a real vote for students on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Next month, Cocagne will benefit from the legislation he helped pass. The Urbana-Champaign campus will have the official student vote on the UI board this year.