Area history, April 20, 2019

Area history, April 20, 2019

Today is Saturday, April 20, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1919, the University of Illinois received 1,300 guns. The modified Endfield rifles were being cleaned before they were distributed to university students for shooting classes. Most of the recipients of the rifles were in the freshman class.

In 1969, a Champaign County Circuit Court jury refused to award damages for the death of an 18-year-old University of Ilinois student who was electrocuted at Fourth and Green streets in Champaign. The attorney for the estate of Michael Bond of Chester had asked the jury for a minimum of $120,000 in damages.

In 2004, the Great Champaign-Urbana Duck Race, which once drew 20,000 sunglass-toting plastic ducks, was capped at 10,000 for 2004.

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