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100 years ago

July 31, 1917: Two fighter planes from Rantoul landed on the golf course at Bloomington Country Club and then took off an hour later. The pilots were scouting for landing spots that student pilots might use as part of their training. They liked the golf course and may be back.

75 years ago

July 31, 1942: There are a few hundred adults in McLean County who are earning the label of phony patriots. They buy war bonds with a lot of fanfare, but then cash them after only 60 days. Officials say some of these people probably need to raise some cash, but not all.

50 years ago

July 31, 1967: Fire destroyed a large tent at the McLean County fairgrounds (Lowe's is on the site today). Tomorrow the tent would have been used for showing horses, since that’s when the fair starts. The cause is unknown.

25 years ago

July 31, 1992: Twin Cities Fest will be back for another go in 1993, President Rhonda Schwab announced. But it will likely look different in terms of dates and place. The festival has been a magnet for cold, wet weather during its first three years of existence. That must be solved.

Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com. HTF appears on the Opinion pages Tuesday-Sunday.

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