Today is Thursday, Sept. 27, the 271st day of 2012. There are 95 days left in the year.|
1862 -- 150 years ago: The Coal Valley train has brought no coal for three days, and the price already has advanced about four cents per bushel. It is being sold for 12 ½ cents on the streets.
1887 -- 125 years ago: Representatives from Rock Island and surrounding towns are attending a Hennepin Canal discussion conference in Peoria.
1912 -- 100 years ago: For the first time in history, Rock Island residents were able to see themselves in moving pictures. The films were taken by a Chicago firm and displayed at the Majestic Theater.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Dr. Morris Fishbein, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, at a convention in Davenport, predicted that efforts to socialize medicine will fail.
1962 -- 50 years ago: Carstensen Freight Lines Inc. today announced the construction of a $90,000 freight terminal in southwestern Rock Island at a breakfast sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Construction of a new terminal at 508 31st Ave. has been under way for about 10 days and is expected to be completed by the end of November.
1987 -- 25 years ago: Sylvan Slough, the little ribbon of the Mississippi that flows past Arsenal Island on the Illinois side, continues to be an outstanding fishery. Smallish largemouth bass have been abundant there for the past week, bluegills are biting regularly and anglers are taking limits of walleye in the 1 ½ pound range.