Area history, Aug. 23, 2014
Today is Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: Harry Muse, president of the local Humane Society, put an abrupt end to a brutal sport yesterday at the fairgrounds. A concession operator was charging men and boys 10 cents to throw a ball three times at the monkey. The monkey was quick at dodging but suffered many hard pelts. After the sport had continued for some time, a spectator called Muse, who didn't mince words with the concession operator.
In 1964: Carle Memorial Hospital Saturday disclosed plans for a five-story addition estimated to cost $1.7 million. The project will increase bed capacity by 52 to 208, providing an entire floor devoted to eight operating rooms and other expanded services.
In 1999: British pop star Elton John will perform at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall on Oct. 1. There will be a six-ticket limit per customer. Ticket prices are $39.50 and $49.50.