Area history, Feb. 14, 2018

Area history, Feb. 14, 2018

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, a new University of Illinois service flag was unveiled in a ceremony at Wright and Green streets. There were 2,686 Illinois men in the service, and every 10 men were represented by a star on the banner. The number 2,686 appeared in the center on the background. The number was changed from time to time as the list grew.

In 1968, Mrs. Rose Adler Kuhn, 311 W. University Ave., C, widow of the late Isaac Kuhn, pioneer Champaign businessman, died at Mercy Hospital. She was born in 1887 in Trenton, N.J., the daughter of Adolph and Carrie Adler. She married Isaac Kuhn in York, Pa., and had lived in Champaign for 56 years.

In 2003, if somebody called you and told you that you had won $500,000 and a medal from the king of Sweden, you probably would be inclined to jump up and click your heels or give yourself a high-five. Not Carl Woese. The University of Illinois microbiologist described his phone exchange with the head of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the same body that awards Nobel Prizes, this way: "He asked me if I'd accept it, and I said yes." "It" is the Crafoord Prize, of which the academy awards one annually to luminaries in a field not covered by the Nobels. Woese was to accept the biosciences medal at a ceremony in Stockholm on Sept. 24. "This is basically a Nobel Prize," said John Cronan, head of the UI Microbiology Department.

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