100 years ago
June 20, 1917: Tuesday was the anniversary of the Great Fire of 1900, which destroyed several blocks downtown. The ruins were replaced with bigger, better structures, so Bloomington benefited from the tragedy. There were no official observances of the anniversary.
75 years ago
June 20, 1942: The Navy cited James Robert of 903 E. Walnut St. for his rescue work at the sinking Battleship Arizona during the Pearl Harbor attack. The Roberts are a fighting family: his father is a Navy vet, one brother is a Navy man, and another is in the Merchant Marine.
50 years ago
June 20, 1967: The Kresge Foundation (the “K” in K-Mart) has approved a $25,000 grant to Mennonite Hospital’s development program. Mennonite is raising $1 million for new facilities at the Main Street hospital. (It closed years later, becoming the “Menn” in BroMenn.)
25 years ago
June 20, 1992: Police arrested two ISU freshmen — brothers from near St. Louis — in the Watterson Tower fire that sent 20 people to the hospital in May. A detective called the incident a drunken prank. The brothers are suspended from ISU, and police are seeking a third suspect.