Today in history for Friday, Nov. 16, 2012


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Posted Online: Nov. 16, 2012, 1:00 am
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Today is Friday, Nov. 16, the 321st day of 2012. There are 45 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: The steamer Denmark, of the Northern Line, was sunk at the head of Atlas Island, below Keokuk on Tuesday night.
1887 — 125 years ago: Robert Wagner has succeeded Louis Bauerfind as generalsuperintendent of the Atlantic Brewery on Moline Avenue.
1912 — 100 years ago: Work of laying the roof was started this morning at the Manual Arts Building of Rock Island High School.
1937 — 75 years ago: State's Attorney Francis C. King is planning the prosecution of 100 gambling cases.
1962 — 50 years ago: Harold A Kindig of Orion, one of the oldest veterans of World War I, was honored in his home recently during a visit by Mrs. Raymand Newmen, veterans service chairman of the Junior Woman's Club, and Mrs. Robert O'Leary. Mrs. Newmenpresented Kindig a gift from the club.
1987 — 25 years ago: There's the Miss America contest, the Miss Universe Contest. Why not a contest to honor an unsung and not-so-glamorous hero — the outhouse?Outhouses were once crude wooden shacks equipped with only a hole in the ground and a hard bench. Advanced plumbing brought them indoors and society changed theirname to "restroom." And now there's a national contest to pick the best restroom in the country's parks — and Rock Island's Director of Parks and Recreation is entering
the brick out-house at Sunset Park. Director Jack Fogel is taking all joking in stride, yet claims clean restrooms are an important part of good public relations. People will frequent a facility more often that has clean restrooms.















 



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  Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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