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100 years ago

May 31, 1917: Heavy rains drowned out the major Memorial Day exercises planned for Bloomington and Normal. The parade was canceled, as were the afternoon speeches at Miller Park. Other scheduled events went on.

75 years ago

May 31, 1942: More than 5,000 people turned out for Memorial Day activities. Petty squabbles disappeared and the crowds were said to watch the parade more quietly than in the past. Police Chief Clyde Hibbens and County School Superintendent William Brigham were speakers.

50 years ago

May 31, 1967: Thirty-two units marched in this year’s Memorial Day parade to Miller Park and Park Hill Cemetery. Weather didn’t cooperate: it rained on the parade, leaving marchers and onlookers wet. The spectators numbered only in the low hundreds.

25 years ago

May 31, 1992: Interstate 39 is now open to traffic between the Hudson and Kappa exits. This leaves a 30-mile stretch of interstate running north from Kappa yet to be completed. It should be open by the end of the year, state officials said.

Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.

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