100 years ago

Oct. 8, 1919: The Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox are battling it out in the World Series. In Bloomington, the only way to “watch” the game is to gather around The Daily Pantagraph’s outdoor scoreboard. Crowds of men form on game days, blocking Madison Street.

75 years ago

Oct. 8, 1944: Wendell Willkie, the Republican nominee who lost to President Franklin Roosevelt in 1940, has died at age 52. This has been a bad week for defeated presidential nominees: Democrat Al Smith, who lost to Herbert Hoover in 1928, died four days ago.

50 years ago

Oct. 8, 1969: Construction began on a straighter stretch of Route 51 north of Heyworth. When done, the new road will eliminate a dangerous curve that has seen fatal accidents in the past. But the project may be slowed by an ongoing issue over highway money on another Heyworth job.

25 years ago

Oct. 8, 1994: Last night saw the dedication of the refurbished Normal Theater after years of dreaming, planning and just plain work. The movie was “Singin’ in the Rain,” which played after the outdoor ceremony.

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Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.