Area history, July 4, 2014

Area history, July 4, 2014

Today is Friday, July 4, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914, A Champaign County jury last night found Oliver P. Sullivan not guilty of the murder of William Larry last October. The jury deliberated from about 9:45 p.m. to 2:10 a.m. The audience in the courtroom forgot itself and applauded the verdict loudly and was not called down by either the judge or the sheriff.

In 1964: An estimated 46,000 people watched a spectacular fireworks display Saturday night at the University of Illinois Memorial Stadium. Aside from the ovation after the grand finale, the University of Illinois emblem beside a portrait of Chief Illiniwek drew the most cheers from the crowd.

In 1999: The University of Illinois intends to move its South Farms farther south, but owner Ralph Douglas is not in a selling mood for his land at the corner of Race Street and Curtis Road. "That 40 acres has been in the family since 1852. I'm not selling. I'll never sell," he said.

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