100 years ago
March 8, 1918: About 600 people turned out at Irving School for dedication of Irving’s service flag. The service flag contains a star for each Irving alumnus who went to war. Among those alumni is Gen. James G. Harbord, who is serving on Gen. Pershing’s staff in France.
75 years ago
March 8, 1943: Winter threw yet another punch at the Twin Cities when residents awoke to find the temperature was 15 below zero. Meanwhile, Fire Chief Elmo Waters reported Bloomington had eight home fires resulting from cold weather during February.
50 years ago
March 8, 1968: Bloomington is home to an Army Reserve unit once again. It’s the 338th Chemical Unit, which relocated from Rockford to its new headquarters on East Lafayette Street. The previous Army Reserve unit to be based here was pulled out in 1965.
25 years ago
March 8, 1993: The last movies on the three screens at Eastland Cinemas will be shown tonight. Then the lights go down for good. The movies are “The Crying Game,” “Untamed Heart” and “National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1.” The cinemas opened in 1973.