Area history, July 5, 2014
Today is Saturday, July 5, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.
In 1914: A few accidents marred the celebration of Independence Day in Champaign County yesterday. The 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Johnson of Champaign suffered severe burns about the face when he tried to ignite powder which had been spilled on the sidewalk by older children. The 3-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson was frightfully burned about the arms, face, neck and chest during the firing of a fireworks display. Her dress caught fire when she was holding a sparkler. The 7-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Jones was burned while she held a lighted skyrocket.
In 1964: Gov. William W. Scranton of Pennsylvania will arrive in Champaign Tuesday on a special train to campaign for the Republican nomination for president. He will leave the train and speak from the platform to be provided in the area where Main Street runs into the Illinois Central Railroad viaduct. Scranton is scheduled to be here for 20 minutes.
In 1999: A former University of Illinois student who targeted minorities during a deadly Fourth of July weekend shooting spree is dead, according to the FBI. Benjamin N. Smith, 21, of Northfield, shot himself as he fled police in southern Illinois.