Area history, Aug. 14, 2014
Today is Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: Champaign Mayor O.B. Dobbins' new Charmer "Six" automobile was badly damaged and the mayor and his wife had a narrow escape from serious injury when a new Cadillac driven by Wesley Wright, 19, of Urbana, crashed into the side of their machine at the intersection of Park and Prospect avenues last night.
In 1964: surrounded by youngsters, including University of Illinois football team co-captains Dick Butkus and George Donnelly, Gov. Otto Kerner cut a ribbon Friday to open the 112th Illinois State Fair for a 10-day run. Kerner promised that the fair's attendance would be more than a million people. Last year it was 890,677.
In 1999: Champaign Public Library officials hope that a new sculpture in Douglass Park will spur people to learn more about the man, Frederick Douglass, for whom the park is named.