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100 years ago

June 3, 1917: The Soldiers Orphans Home band will present the first in a series of concerts this afternoon. The home boys have one of the best juvenile bands in Illinois, and have arranged a splendid concert for today.

75 years ago

June 3, 1942: Normal’s embattled drinking water got a clean bill of health from the state. The health department tested a sample and declared it safe to drink, despite the dense iron sediment in the sample. A state official expressed hope Normal could eventually produce iron-free water.

50 years ago

June 3, 1967: This changes what we see and hear on radio and TV. The FCC has ordered that broadcasters must provide equal time for anti-smoking messages. (Cigarette ads were legal then.) Further, the anti-smoking time must be free of charge if necessary, the FCC ruled.

25 years ago

June 3, 1992: Ricardo Cortez Cruz is the first full-time faculty member at Heartland Community College. Cruz, 27, has a master’s degree from ISU and is working on his doctorate. He wrote “Straight Outta Compton,” a novel of young black males’ in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton.

Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.

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