Area history, Oct. 12, 2017

Area history, Oct. 12, 2017

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, the victories by the New York Giants in Games 3 and 4 of the World Series, thus evening the score, caused speculators to raise the prices of seats for the fifth game, which was to be played that weekend at White Sox Park. Brokers were demanding $10 for a grandstand seat and $15 for a box seat. A capacity crowd of 32,000 was expected.

In 1967, a 7-mile stretch of Interstate 74 between Champaign and Mahomet officially opened, but John Mulgrew, district engineer for the state division of highways, said completion of the portion west of Mahomet to Bloomington was probably five years off.

In 2002, federal officials announced a $35 million plan to beef up the supercomputing power available to scientists, with most of that power and money slated for the University of Illinois. When the project was done, the UI-based National Center for Supercomputing Applications and its partners would have "the fastest computer in the world for open scientific research," NCSA Director Dan Reed said. The addition would push the NCSA's computing capacity from 2.6 teraflops — each teraflop is 1 trillion calculations per second — to 12.6 teraflops. It would almost double the capacity of the entire system, which was among the UI and other institutions, to 20 teraflops, Reed said.

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