Today in history for Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012


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Today is Thursday, Oct. 11, the 285th day of 2012. There are 81 days left in the year.

1862 -- 150 years ago: The person who took about half a fine myrtle plant from the front yard of a house in this city had better not exhibit it very publicly, for it will be recognized and the thief exposed.

1887 -- 125 years ago: An ordinance establishing a department of health in Rock Island was adopted by the city council at a special meeting last night by a vote of 10 to 2.

1912 -- 100 years ago: Augustana's campaign to raise $40,000 has been accomplished and the college will receive $40,000 additional from the Ericson estate.

1937 -- 75 years ago: L.B. Wilson has been elected president of the State Bank of Rock Island to succeed I.S. White.

1962 -- 50 years ago: 5,400 Rock Island county residents yesterday attended make-up clinics for Sabin oral polio vaccine immunization.

1987 -- 25 years ago: Ornithologist Pete Petersen will teach "Feeding the Birds" from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Duck Creek Lodge, sponsored by the Davenport Park and Recreation Department. The program will acquaint participants with the various types of feeders and feed available and will suggest ways to attract birds.




















 



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  Today is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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